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A Student's Guide to Maxwell's Equations

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  • Date Published: January 2008
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521701471
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  • Gauss's law for electric fields, Gauss's law for magnetic fields, Faraday's law, and the Ampere-Maxwell law are four of the most influential equations in science. In this guide for students, each equation is the subject of an entire chapter, with detailed, plain-language explanations of the physical meaning of each symbol in the equation, for both the integral and differential forms. The final chapter shows how Maxwell’s equations may be combined to produce the wave equation, the basis for the electromagnetic theory of light. This book is a wonderful resource for undergraduate and graduate courses in electromagnetism and electromagnetics. A website hosted by the author at contains interactive solutions to every problem in the text as well as audio podcasts to walk students through each chapter.

    • Features an interactive website with complete solutions to every problem within the text, as well as audio podcasts explaining key concepts
    • Plain-language explanations of the symbols used in the equations
    • Modular approach allows reader to find relevant material easily
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Professor Fleisch is a great scientific communicator.'

    '… 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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    07th Jul 2013 by Panos

    The book is excellent for those interested in learning Maxwells equations. The step-by-step instructions are lucid. I would like to have seen some more emphasis on non-cartesian systems. The major drawback however, is the absence of answers to the problems at the end of each chapter, as the website that gives the solutions is not functional most of the time.

    04th Oct 2013 by Zzyzx

    An excellent book for graduate or undergraduate students. Or educators. The material is presented in easy to digest format. Problems presented help in understanding the material. Answers are not given. A trip to the web is required for them.

    30th Jul 2015 by DuncanCrane8

    I loved this book! I wish I had it years ago. I know that I have never had a professor who really understood this subject like the author. Thank you. Inspiring!

    31st Jul 2016 by Grafgeorg

    A very helpful book for students and interested laypersons. Perfect from the viewpoint of clearness and didactic method.

    28th Aug 2016 by Jmcph

    Love this book. Wish I had it when I was in engineering school.

    24th Nov 2016 by Ma22

    excelente producto el quebrinda esta pagina deberian sacarla en español por favor

    15th Oct 2017 by HaroldFaircloth

    I have been interested in electricity and magnetism my entire life. This book has explained the mathematics of the Maxwell's Equations as none I have seen, lucid and complete. I am here looking for the interactive solutions and audio podcasts for students. Any help?

    22nd Sep 2018 by R2N

    One of the best books I have read on a difficult subject to understand. I was keen to understand the physical phenomenon of electromagnetic waves and this book explains the same beautifully.

    23rd Nov 2018 by Myclass

    The online resources do not work. The online resources do not work.

    17th Feb 2019 by RJuliani

    Excellent work and the online support that can be used in conjunction with the book is very helpful.

    11th Mar 2019 by JASS1000

    Very good book with excellent explanations. It would be best if the solutions to the problems were available.

    08th Jun 2019 by Geoffthudson

    After reading at least a half of this book I tried to get access to the stated author's website at for the solutions and podcasts. But the reference only takes one back to the advert for the book. Needless to say I was very disappointed. Does anyone have an answer? Geoff Hudson (replies to geoff Hudson

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521701471
    • length: 142 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 8 mm
    • weight: 0.242kg
    • contains: 63 b/w illus. 39 exercises
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Gauss's law for electric fields
    2. Gauss's law for magnetic fields
    3. Faraday's law
    4. The Ampere–Maxwell law
    5. From Maxwell's equations to the wave equation
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    Daniel Fleisch, Wittenberg University, Ohio
    Daniel Fleisch is Associate Professor in the Department of Physics at Wittenberg University, Ohio. His research interests include radar cross-section measurement, radar system analysis, and ground-penetrating radar. He is a member of the American Physical Society (APS), the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), and the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE).

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