ISBN 9789987083282
Pages 512
Dimensions 280 x 210mm
Illustrations B/W Illustrations
Published 2018
Publisher Mkuki na Nyota Publishers, Tanzania
Format Paperback

Introduction to Basic Concepts for Engineers and Scientists

Electromagnetic, Quantum, Statistical and Relativistic Concepts

by John S. Nkoma

Science and Technology are ubiquitous in the modern world as evidenced by digital lifestyles through mobile phones, computers, digital financial services, digital music, digital television, online newspapers, digital medical equipment and services including e-services (e-commerce, e-learning, e-health, e-government) and the internet. This book, Introduction to Basic concepts for Engineers and Scientists: Electromagnetic, Quantum, Statistical and Relativistic Concepts. is written with the objective of imparting basic concepts for engineering, physics, chemistry students or indeed other sciences, so that such students get an understanding as to what is behind all these modern advances in science and technology.

The basic concepts covered in this book include electromagnetic, quantum, statistical and relativistic concepts, and are covered in 20 chapters. The choice of these concepts is not accidental, but deliberate so as to highlight the importance of these basic science concepts in modern engineering and technology. Electromagnetic concepts, are covered in chapters 1 to 6 with chapters 1 (Maxwell's equations), 2 (Electromagnetic waves at boundaries), 3  (Diffraction and Interference), 4 (Optical fiber communications), 5 (Satellite communications) and 6 (Mobile cellular communications). Quantum concepts are covered in chapters 7 to 15 with chapters 7 (Wave-particle duality), 8 (The wave function and solutions of the Schrodinger equation in different systems), 9 (Introduction to the structure of the atom), Introduction to materials science I, II, III and IV, in four chapters: 10 (I: Crystal structure), 11 (II: Phonons), 12 (III: Electrons) and 13 (IV: Magnetic materials), 14 (Semiconductor devices), and 15 (Quantum Optics). Statistical concepts are covered in chapters 16 to 19, with chapters 16 (Introduction to statistical mechanics), 17 (Statistical mechanics distribution functions, covering  Maxwell-Boltzmann statistics, Fermi-Dirac statistics and Bose-Einstein statistics), 18 (Transport theory) and 19 (Phase transitions). Finally, chapter 20 (Relativity) where Galilean, Special and General Relativity are discussed.

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About the Author

John S. Nkoma

Professor John S Nkoma obtained his BSc in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and later his MSc and PhD in Physics from the University of Essex, UK. Prof. Nkoma has over 30 years experience of university teaching and research in Botswana, Italy, Tanzania and UK, and has been external examiner to several universities. His research interests are in condensed matter physics, materials science and ICTs regulation in telecommunications, internet, broadcasting and postal communications. He is a Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences. He also served as the Director General/CEO of the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) during 2004 to 2015.