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Fundamentals of Applied Electromagnetics Hardcover – Sep 10 2006

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Slim book, can teach you many concepts Dec 19 2004
By Karl Becker - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Electromagnetics book

The lightest textbook in my backpack, but certainly not the emptiest. This high information-density volume contains a wealth of knowledge, examples, and fairly readable text about the subject - and the CD is actually helpful!

At the beginning of the semester I had no idea what material the electromagnetics class consisted of, but now at the end I can look back and see a large number of topics presented in a fairly logical progression. The book's modus operandi is: teach/review the underlying math concept, then use that math to tackle an electromagnetics problem. I enjoyed this approach a lot, though I agree with my professor that the order of presentation is a little questionable. We shuffled between chapters 3 and 4 so as not to dwell on pure math as much and instead deal with physical, practical problems. For example, instead of learning both divergence and curl simultaneously, we first learned divergence and then used it solve some problems involving Electric fields. Then we went back, learned curl, and applied it to different problems.

I was overwhelmed with the sheer variety of topics covered in this course. There seemed to be too many ways to do problems, and I couldn't get a good feel for when to use which method. The book's examples and explanations helped for homework sets, but come test time I usually knew three ways to solve it but wasn't sure which way would produce the proper result. In an hour testing situation, I don't have time to try out all three ways on every problem!

There must be a way to teach these concepts in a more targeted method, but I don't know how. I feel I have a good knowledge of the material from the book, though, and the CD's examples were very good. The CD showed step-by-step work for problems from the text, and had its own examples not in the book that did a good job demonstrating a concept. Don't throw away the CD!

The svelte size of this book impresses me, because it shows the author cared enough to trim his wordage to a reasonable level. This should keep students happy, both in their backpacks and their studying.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Physics, No. Engineering, Yes Sept. 14 2008
By denton - Published on
Format: Hardcover
After reading through all the reviews and quickly attempting to discern the background of each reviewer through contextual clues, it has reinforced the idea that physics majors hate this book and engineers enjoy it.

Speaking as a prior physics major and now currently an EE major, I have seen both types of texts. A dynamics book would cover the subject with much less explanation (while allowing more critical thought, although requiring a much closer reading) and leave it up to the reader to fill in the pieces. A great exercise in the critical thinking physics majors need.

Engineers need to know the facts and how to approach the problems to get a meaningful result and this is exactly what the book provides. I was bothered by the presentation in this regard having used physics texts but I have seen much much worse.

Like the title of the book says, its applied fundamentals of emag and that is exactly what is laid out in the text.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Simple and Clear - Good Backup for Physics Majors April 16 2005
By physics major - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Good coverage of the basic concepts of E+M. I found this text very useful as a backup for Griffiths E+M (standard undergrad text for physics majors). The math is simple (not a legendre polynomial in sight) and the concepts are clear. The coverage of static fields in materials is especially easy to understand. You're not going to find the dielectric tensor covered here, just the basics layed out in an intuitive format.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Having read more than one or two or ten emag books.... Dec 14 2007
By nebraskann - Published on
Format: Hardcover
...this book is a great investment. Ulaby is kind enough to cover the math - THEN the subject, which unless you're proficient in vector calc, will be important. There are examples - they have answers! This is a wonderful place to start your journey into electromagnetics, particularly if you learn through doing. I really came to understand Maxwell's equations through this book. The only downside (if you could call it that) is the lack of theory, but don't worry - that'll come. You may not be able to derive Maxwell's equations but you can use'm!
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Just throws equations at you Oct. 27 2008
By I. Gurin - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The text is difficult to follow. The short-range organization is quite good, but the long-range organization is weak. Go to the next page and you will likely have a hard time figuring out how the material there relates to what you were just reading. Many good lectures use this kind of structure, but I find that it does not make a good textbook.

The text lacks coherent derivations. Ulaby just throws equations at you without linking them together strongly. For instance, the input impedance of a transmission line with an arbitrary load (arguably the most important relation in the entire chapter on transmission lines) is derived piecemeal over the course of several sections. The derivation really isn't hard, though - it could easily have been done in two pages. Ulaby does put nice blue boxes around the particularly important equations, but that doesn't help much.

I found the treatment too simple for an upper-division course. Ulaby "misses the forest for the trees" by dwelling on details that should be simple to an upper-division engineering student.