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This text not only provides students with a good theoretical understanding of electromagnetic field equations but it also treats a large number of applications. No topic is presented unless it is directly applicable to engineering design or unless it is needed for the understanding of another topic. Included in this new edition are more than 400 examples and exercises, exercising every topic in the book. Also to be found are 600 end-of-chapter problems, many of them applications or simplified applications. A new chapter introducing numerical methods into the electromagnetic curriculum discusses the finite element, finite difference and moment methods.
- Amazon Sales Rank: #1991724 in Books
- Published on: 2007-08-01
- Ingredients: Example Ingredients
- Original language: English
- Number of items: 1
- Dimensions: 2.20" h x 7.40" w x 9.50" l, 5.10 pounds
- Binding: Hardcover
- 1236 pages
From the Back Cover
The applications involving electromagnetism are so pervasive that it is difficult to estimate their contribution to modern life: generation and transmission of electric energy, electric motors and actuators, radio, television, magnetic information storage, and even the mundane little magnet used to hold papers to the refrigerator all use electromagnetic fields.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful.
Everything but the kitchen sink...
...and that's because the kitchen sink has nothing to do with electromagnetics. This is the most readable text I've ever found on this topic. I'm in a position where I need to remember something I never really learned in the first place thirty years after the fact. In my undergrad EM classes the texts were bad, the instructors were worse. One was the head of the department, the other two had specialties in image science and were totally uninterested in teaching this subject other than it being the prerequisite for receiving a paycheck. This book starts from the beginning assuming only a background in calculus. Vector algebra and vector calculus, including transformations between coordinate systems are covered in detail with wonderful worked out examples. This pattern holds throughout the text - introduce some theory, work a simple example, introduce some more theory, work a couple of more complex examples, and at the end of the text pull it all together with a combination of simple and complex problems. The book only uses definitions and topics that have been defined and covered previously in the book. About the only unexplained acronyms you'll find are those such as FM and TV.
The author will often take up to three chapters to really cover a subject. For example, chapter 3 introduces the electric field, chapter 4 continues with Gauss' Law, and Chapter 4 continues with analytical methods for the solution of electrostatic problems. At the end of the book you reach transmission line theory and antenna design - and you'll understand it. Most of the latter chapters contain a section on experiments. I've been self-teaching using this as a source and I haven't needed to consult another human being or another textbook. Highly recommended.
As an aside, if you are a student, realize your professor is not going to assign this text. He/she will pick one of those texts that are both academically lauded and incomprehensible to the novice. If you really want to understand this material, pick up a copy despite the expense. You'll not only use it in class you can use it as a reference on a variety of topics throughout your career.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
Best E&M I've read yet
This book is excellent with well thought out examples which are explained in good detail. Like other reviewers have mentioned this book covers a lot of material, yet it seems to do it in logical way that flows from one chapter to the next. A big plus is that the end of chapter questions are separated by the what the chapter subsections covered making it great for self learners who want to focus on one type of problem set there having trouble with (and there's answers in the back).
55 of 55 people found the following review helpful.
By Amazon Customer
I recently bought Engineering Electromagnetics (second edition) by Nathan Ida. It has since become my favourite book on the subject, along with Field and Wave Electromagnetics (second edition) by Cheng. I own six electromagnetics books, of which the two best known are the one by Cheng (aforementioned) and Electromagnetics with Applications by Kraus (sixth edition). I now compare these three books, referring to them as Ida, Cheng, and Kraus.
Firstly, all three books are good. All three are of similar level, suitable for EE undergraduates. (Ida and Cheng use matrices wherever appropriate, but Kraus never uses matrices, not even to simplify the discussion.) All three books display personal enthusiasm for the subject-matter. For example, Ida provides many interesting historical footnotes.
Secondly, Ida has 1235 pages whereas Cheng has 703 and Kraus has 617. It is tempting to attribute this to the fact that Ida tends to explain things with more words (something which I appreciate), but this is not the case because this would not account for more than 10 percent of the total book size. The true reason for the book's length is the in-depth discussion of theory, and the many many applications of the theory. In effect, it combines the best of Cheng (which is good for principles) and the best of Kraus (which is okay for applications). Ida actually far exceeds Kraus in many important applications, e.g. transformers, Smith chart, and numerical methods for boundary-value problems.
Thirdly, all three books are generous in providing answers to end-of-chapter problems. Ida goes one step further by giving answers to ALL problems except a handful of discussion-type questions. Moreover, the problems are categorized under headings so that you can zero in on an area of interest. For example, the chapter on antennas has 36 problems, categorized under the following boldface headings: Hertzian dipole (4 problems), magnetic dipole (2), linear antennas of arbitrary length (2), half-wave dipole antenna (2), various length dipole antennas (3), monopole antenna (5), two-element image antennas (6), n-element linear array (6), reciprocity and receiving antennas (4), and radar (2).
It is noteworthy that most the Amazon.com reviewers say that this is the best book ever on electromagnetics. I am inclined to agree with them.