This textbook is written for use in any university course related to the physics of waves, wave theory, and electromagnetic waves in departments such as Physics, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Mathematics. The only prerequisite knowledge is a course in calculus. This textbook provides a unified treatment of waves that either occur naturally or can be excited and propagate in various media. This includes both longitudinal and transverse waves. The book covers both mechanical and electrical waves, which are normally covered separately due to their differences in physical phenomena. This text focuses more on the similarities of all waves, mechanical or electromagnetic, and therefore allows the reader to formulate a unified understanding of wave phenomena in its totality. This second edition contains extensive updates and advances in the understanding of wave phenomena since the publication of the first edition (1985). Numerous additional problems are now present and several chapters have been rewritten and combined. This title presents a unified treatment of wave phenomena. It includes numerical techniques using MATLAB.
Both mechanical and electrical waves are described. Necessary mathematics required to understand the material summarized within. Only prerequisite is an introductory course in calculus.
Akira Hirose was born in Nagano, Japan, and received B.Sc. and M.Sc. from Yokohama National University, and Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, all in electrical engineering. After PDF at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, he joined the Plasma Physics Laboratory, University of Saskatchewan, where he is Professor and Director. His main interests have been in plasma waves and instabilities, tokamak physics using STOR-M tokamak, and plasma assisted material synthesis. He authored and co-authored more than 300 refereed journal articles. He is Fellow of APS, IEEE, and Royal Society of Canada (Academy of Science), and he has been Canada Research Chair since 2001. Karl E. Lonngren received his B.S., M.S. and PhD from the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has been a Professor in the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Physics and Astronomy at the University of Iowa since 1965