Introduction to the Physics of Waves

Introduction to the Physics of Waves

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Balancing concise mathematical analysis with the real-world examples and practical applications that inspire students, this textbook provides a clear and approachable introduction to the physics of waves. The author shows through a broad approach how wave phenomena can be observed in a variety of physical situations and explains how their characteristics are linked to specific physical rules, from Maxwell's equations to Newton's laws of motion. Building on the logic and simple physics behind each phenomenon, the book draws on everyday, practical applications of wave phenomena, ranging from electromagnetism to oceanography, helping to engage students and connect core theory with practice. Mathematical derivations are kept brief and textual commentary provides a non-mathematical perspective. Optional sections provide more examples along with higher-level analyses and discussion. This textbook introduces the physics of wave phenomena in a refreshingly approachable way, making it ideal for first- and second-year undergraduate students in the physical sciences.show more

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  • Undefined | 313 pages
  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • United States
  • English
  • 1139839632
  • 9781139839631

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'Tim Freegarde is a physicist who is clearly fascinated by waves. His book is an introductory text that covers a broad range of wave phenomena throughout optics, electromagnetism, sound, oceanography and much more. It is written in an engaging style and includes many unexpected topics at this level, such as tsunamis, frayed guitar strings and retarded electromagnetic potentials. Freegarde does not shy away from detailed mathematical treatments where appropriate and physics students who invest in this book early in their undergraduate career will find themselves returning to it on many occasions.' Richard Thompson, Imperial College Londonshow more

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