The Physics of Vibrations and Waves


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Table of Contents

Introduction to First Edition.

Introduction to Second Edition.

Introduction to Third Edition.

Introduction to Fourth Edition.

Introduction to Fifth Edition.

Introduction to Sixth Edition.

1 Simple Harmonic Motion.

2 Damped Simple Harmonic Motion.

3 The Forced Oscillator.

4 Coupled Oscillations.

5 Transverse Wave Motion.

6 Longitudinal Waves.

7 Waves on Transmission Lines.

8 Electromagnetic Waves.

9 Waves in More than One Dimension.

10 Fourier Methods.

11 Waves in Optical Systems.

12 Interference and Diffraction.

13 Wave Mechanics.

14 Non-linear Oscillations and Chaos.

15 Non-linear Waves, Shocks and Solitons.

Appendix 1: Normal Modes, Phase Space and Statistical Physics.

Appendix 2: Kirchhoff’s Integral Theorem.

Appendix 3: Non-Linear Schro¨dinger Equation.


About the Author

H. J. Pain is a graduate of the united states Naval Aviation Academy, Florida, and of the Universities of St Andrews, London and Aix Marseilles. He taught physics at Imperial College, London where his research interests were in shock waves and magnetohydrodynamics.


"This is an excellent textbook, full of interesting material clearly explained, and fully worthy of being studied by future contributors ..." (Journal of Sound and Vibration: 293, July 2006)

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