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  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (Jan. 28 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521701473
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521701471
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.8 x 22.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 240 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #36,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Professor Fleisch is a great scientific communicator.' electronicdesign.com

'... good examples and problems are given so the student can practice the skills being taught.' IEEE Microwave Magazine

'... its virtue ... is to address, through judicious selection of material and masterful repetition of important facts, the needs of a student who finds lectures and textbooks hard to understand, too complex, and besides the point of doing the assigned problems. ... Students who are struggling with the material will love the Guide. The Guide is a well-written, concise, honest tool that delivers just what it promises.' American Journal of Physics

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Maxwell's equations are four of the most influential equations in science. In this book, each equation is the subject of an entire chapter, making it a wonderful resource for undergraduate and graduate courses in electromagnetism and electromagnetics. Audio podcasts and solutions to the problems are available at www.cambridge.org/9780521701471.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By N. Macsai on Feb. 4 2009
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Highly Recommended. I was only able to get my hands on this book, once i was 70% through my E&M course. If I would have had it from the start it would have make a huge differnce. The Problems at the end of each chapter are good for consolidating the concepts but they aren't very challenging. Just the basics to help you digest more complex class text probelms. Note you will need multivariable calculas to solve a bunch of the problems and if you have some vector calculas everything flows alot nicer. Even without those pre-reqs there is still a mild introduction to the vector calculus. It should be just enough to get one through the problems. This is a great book for the beginner in E&M but it wouldnt help you tackle those really challenging problems.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Emran Hussain on Feb. 27 2013
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I dont know how many ways I can say, I loved this book sooo much. When I was simply trying to understand the Maxwell's equations, this book saved me. Guess what, this book would refresh concept even from the very basic vector dot product, cross product etc, so there is no chance that, the reader will find some concepts inaccessible. It covers what is divergence, what is gradient, what is Curl etc (even though, I would recommend the reader to get the concept of Divergence, Curl, Gradient cleared before reading this book; the reader can get those concepts from Khan Academy online). This book explained well 'what is path integral', 'what is surface integral', 'why there is a circle sign in the middle of a integral operator' etc.

Anyway, I wont believe that, someone who understands calculus, wont understand maxwell's equations even after reading this very thin book with very less effort. The reader does not even need to be a master of calculus. If a partial derivative and Integral operator makes sense to the reader, he/she will find this book accessible.

In the last chapter, (chapter 5), the author derived the Electromagnetic wave equations from maxwell's equation. That part was the most exciting part for me as I was simply waiting for learning that. If the reader knows that, a Wave Equation can be expressed in second order partial derivative form, then, this chapter will makes sense. This book did not explain where and how we got the Wave equation using second order partial derivative. I think, the author could explain that in a paragraph by writing few lines. As I was already familiar with wave equation, I did not have any problem understanding that part. Anyway, I find my every penny worth and I feel myself fortunate that I bought this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kevin on Oct. 23 2012
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This book has a great way of explaining maxwells equations. I am in my third year of university and have taken numerous physics courses, I regret not getting this sooner! I have struggled with some of the material that is in this book for years now and finally it is all coming together. Gives an excellent explanation of all the equations. A must have for anyone who will be taking E&M courses or any other physics courses which cover the Maxwell equations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MeteorMan on May 26 2014
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Compared to many books in this area a student will find this one easier to follow. While not sufficient for an upper level course (at least by itself) it is a very useful first book, and inexpensively priced.
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