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This is perhaps the best undergraduate level book on this subject. The best thing about this book is that unlike other books, which get lost in the mathematics of the subject, this book concentrates on the Physics behind the 'Wave and Oscillations'. Author first clarifies the basic concepts, assumptions and discusses the Physics behind every phenomenon, and then derive the required relations with minimum mathematics. A.P. French's deep understanding and mastery of the subject is reflected in the book and he explains the subject in his own way. Excellent book and it's short and concise too. --Sumit Rawat Mar 1, 2013
A fresh explanation;so much informations in a little words.Some of the problems in the exercise are really mindnurturing.Also answers are given at the end to check yourself. --Mandal,D Feb 1, 2015
Great value for money. Based on MIT professors' research into better ways of teaching science, the book is an excellent introduction to this very important subject. Both engineers and physicists will find it useful, even though the diagrams are in a somewhat dated style. --Krishna Subramanian Dec 27, 2012
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Vibrations and waves has a diverse coverage of vibrational meachnics, and includes all the necessary derivations using plain, well explained English. It explains complex notation and LCR circuits particularly well, and forms the basis of many undergraduate Physics courses. I would definitely recommend it to any taking a course in vibrational mechanics.
However on the down side, the Waves section of this book comprises of only two chapters and as such isn't what you are looking for if you are trying to find a good textbook on Optics.
This book is part of the MIT Introductory Physics series that has three other titles by the same outstanding author: "Newtonian Mechanics", "Special Relativity" and "An Introduction to Quantum Physics" (coauthored with E. F. Taylor, yes the Taylor of Wheeler and Taylor's "Spacetime Physics"). A set of books that combine clarity of exposition with historical notes on the development of physics.
One might be put off by the fact this book is more than forty years old. Don't! This is a little gem of clarity and synthesis that stood the test of time. It actually goes to the roots of the physical principles of the oscillatory motion and does not give anything for granted. Yes, the main emphasis is on the oscillations of mechanical systems, but this is not necessarily a con. As a matter of fact, it helps the reader to develop a more intuitive view of the phenomena described while they can still be translated into other domain's by means of physical analogies.
This book is a must have.
One note on the publisher: be warned that the latest paperback editions by Norton look like xeroxes of the original book: the pictures with the gray background show bands and dithering as if they had been scanned at very low resolution with a cheap scanner. If you can, find a used copy of the old hardbound edition. The 'old days' quality is much much better than today's standard.
A great thing is including a lot of pictures of experiments exhibiting the phenomena being discussed (if only to make one look them up on youtube).
The book also includes a short (but great) section on Fourier Analysis - not a thorough treatment, but being familiar with this physical interpretation of FA (modes of a vibrating string) proved useful when I started a FA course later.
A wealth of exercises with solutions is included.
Also, the Indian copy is really bad - the pages are so thin the ink on the other side is visible. This is a shame as the pictures are sometimes almost undecipherable.
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