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  • Paperback: 542 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 2nd Revised edition edition (3 Oct. 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471927120
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471927129
  • Product Dimensions: 16.9 x 3 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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The Manchester Physics Series General Editors: D. J. Sandiford; F. Mandl; A. C. Phillips Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester Properties of Matter B. H. Flowers and E. Mendoza Optics Second Edition F. G. Smith and J. H. Thomson Statistical Physics Second Edition F. Mandl Electromagnetism Second Edition I. S. Grant and W. R. Phillips Statistics R. J. Barlow Solid State Physics Second Edition J. R. Hook and H. E. Hall Quantum Mechanics F. Mandl Particle Physics Second Edition B. R. Martin and G. Shaw the Physics of Stars Second Edition A. C. Phillips Computing for Scientists R. J. Barlow and A. R. Barnett Electromagnetism, Second Edition is suitable for a first course in electromagnetism, whilst also covering many topics frequently encountered in later courses. The material has been carefully arranged and allows for flexi–bility in its use for courses of different length and structure. A knowledge of calculus and an elementary knowledge of vectors is assumed, but the mathematical properties of the differential vector operators are described in sufficient detail for an introductory course, and their physical significance in the context of electromagnetism is emphasised. In this Second Edition the authors give a fuller treatment of circuit analysis and include a discussion of the dispersion of electromagnetic waves. Electromagnetism, Second Edition features:

  • The application of the laws of electromagnetism to practical problems such as the behaviour of antennas, transmission lines and transformers.
  • Sets of problems at the end of each chapter to help student understanding, with hints and solutions to the problems given at the end of the book.
  • Optional "starred" sections containing more specialised and advanced material for the more ambitious reader.
  • An Appendix with a thorough discussion of electromagnetic standards and units.
Recommended by many institutions. Electromagnetism. Second Edition has also been adopted by the Open University as the course book for its third level course on electromagnetism.


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The text is lucid in its presentation of what is often viewed as a difficult subject.
Starting with no more than a sound understanding of sixth form (high school) Mathematics and Physics, the authors proceed to underpin elementary concepts of electrostatics, simple circuits, and magnetism with the rigour and completeness demanded at University level. New mathematical ideas are introduced gently (so naturally, in fact, that the reader does not feel that (s)he is being asked to learn some new things!) and blended into the key Physical concepts.
The book accelerates through a whole lot of material and tacitly introduces the reader to Maxwell's Equations without calling them so. Only after all of the core physical concepts - Dielectrics, Steady Currents and Magnetic Fields, Ferromagnetism, Electromagnetism/Induction - have been covered, do the authors venture to integrate the mathematics into Maxwell's equations. This emphasis on the Physics (with the Mathematics working merely as a tool) works really well and is central to the readability of this book.
The latter chapters explore Transmission Lines, Electromagnetic Waves (which the mathematically inclined texts like to boast about as solutions of Maxwell's Equations), and the beginnings of Relativistic Electrodynamics.
All in all, an excellent, enjoyable book - highly recommended! Makes Physics fun!
Lastly, I might add that I was one of the "guinea pigs" at Manchester who benefited directly from the materials in this book and others in the Manchester Physics Series.
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I have Griffiths book that covers EM theory and I think it's a bit better (but it's more than a bit more expensive and a little more advanced. This book is really a ~first year book.. The book is still well presented, neat, good typeset and covers most of the bits you need to know at this level. Also includes v short but valuable sections on waveguides, cavities, transmission lines and antennas. Depends what your looking for...if you want to move on from ~1st year EM then buy Griffiths (bit more cash required)...if you want to get by the exam and not much more then this "should" be fine
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I'm a first year physics student, and I thought this book was very good in helping me understand the subject. However, I would strongly recommend having another book as well, like Duffin's Electricity and Magnetism, as some of the proofs can be a bit confusing, and are better demonstrated another way. (eg the dipole E-field) Overall, though, and excellent buy.
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I highly recommend this book to anyone studying E+M it will cover all years of a degree and beyond. it is easy going but goes into enough detail and covers everything from maxwells equations to waveguides and beyond
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Well written text with nice examples. Covers the basic maths required as well. Good Year 1-2 undergraduate physics and EE text.
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This book is better tackled after reading 'Student Guide to Maxwell's Equation's'. The general mathematical components within this Wiley book seem less daunting and easier to deal with when done this way. I would also backup with more knowledge of general 'Mathematical Methods' as taught in engineering type books such as Stroud's 'Further Engineering Mathematics' and to cover 'Vector Calculus'. Its a really useful to apply the theoretical basis of Calculus & analysis to show how nuclear particles can be examined. These two other books dovetail beautifully and are helpful in assimilating these topics.

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I would say its easier if you have some knowledge of from other sources before this book. If you do this then its fun to read. To me, in the middle section of the book covered 'H.N.D' level stuff, such as 'Thevenin', and 'Nodal Analysis' in a way of reminding the reader that is good for it brevity. The truly great thing about the coverage in these later chapters is the coverage of truly new stuff (i.m.h.o), such as a working understanding of electromagnetic radiation (light and radio waves) and how they are generated, links between antenna's and landlines equivalent circuits, and the amazing bits being the link between H.N.C / H.N.D oscillator theory using Capacitors / Inductors / Resistance and its extension into Klystron microwave repeaters! Truly wonderful to come across this at a student friendly level and so easy to read! The end topics hit the Relativity and electromagnetic issues and the 'simpler' equations can take your breath away initially, until you hold your nerve and grasp some of what its explaining.

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Really great book for anyone studying Electromagnetism at University. Highly recommend
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I've bought a few books in this series for my studies. The first was Quantum physics. I felt Electromagnetism was less useful. Then again I hated the subject.

Decent enough and it was delivered quickly.
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