Oscillations and Waves: An Introduction, Second Edition

2nd Edition

Richard Fitzpatrick

CRC Press
Published July 16, 2018
Textbook - 299 Pages - 112 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138479715 - CAT# K348696

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Emphasizing physics over mathematics, this popular, classroom-tested text helps advanced undergraduates acquire a sound physical understanding of wave phenomena. This second edition of Oscillations and Waves: An Introduction contains new widgets, animations in Python, and exercises, as well as updated chapter content throughout; continuing to ease the difficult transition for students between lower-division courses that mostly encompass algebraic equations and upper-division courses that rely on differential equations.

Assuming familiarity with the laws of physics and college-level mathematics, the author covers aspects of optics that crucially depend on the wave-like nature of light, such as wave optics. Examples explore discrete mechanical, optical, and quantum mechanical systems; continuous gases, fluids, and elastic solids; electronic circuits; and electromagnetic waves. The text also introduces the conventional complex representation of oscillations and waves during the discussion of quantum mechanical waves.


  • Fully updated throughout and featuring new widgets, animations, and end of chapter exercises to enhance understanding
  • Offers complete coverage of advanced topics in waves, such as electromagnetic wave propagation through the ionosphere
  • Includes examples from mechanical systems, elastic solids, electronic circuits, optical systems, and other areas


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