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Is A.P. French's book good enough for waves?

  1. Sep 13, 2012 #1
    Hi, I'm looking for some advice on what book to use to learn about waves thoroughly. I have been self studying for quite a while now and I'm also taking classes at a community college. Those classes use Young and Freeman's University Physics. I decided to selfstudy because I found the content from that book to be somewhat unchallenging.

    I have completed working through An intro to mechanics by kleppner, as well as Spacetime physics and I'm a couple of pages away of finishing Purcell's book.

    I'm looking for advice on what to do next. Simply whats a book about waves at the level of the books I just mentioned? How much do I need to know about waves before I begin moving into stat mech/quantum? I have French's book, will that be good enough?

    I ask this because I believe MIT uses French's plus another book about waves for their 8.03 class.

    Any input will be appreciated.
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  3. Sep 14, 2012 #2


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    French's book should be sufficient - it is a pretty good book in my opinion. The main thing it doesn't cover (if I recall correctly) is electromagnetic waves. If you find you are interested in electromagnetic waves at this level I highly recommend "Electromagnetic vibrations, waves, and radiation," by Bekefi and Barrett.

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