Is classical mechanics needed before E&M (Griffiths)..

by DrummingAtom
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May7-12, 03:42 PM
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This summer I plan to self study quite a bit and want to learn as much as I can. I'm an EE major and have taken Calc 1-3, and DiffyQ/Linear algebra as well as intro physics classes. I will be taking classical mechanics in Spring 2013 but wanted to dive into Griffiths E&M book this summer. Is this a bad idea? Will it be less efficient than the traditional route?

Also, I have Boas' book to supplement any math deficiencies that come up. Thanks for any advice.
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May7-12, 03:53 PM
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To study Griffiths E&M, you don't need any more mechanics than you got in your intro physics sequence, assuming it was calculus-based.
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May10-12, 01:11 PM
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Alright that sounds good. Just out of curiosity why don't they teach E&M and classical mechanics at the same time then? At my school, they have the physics majors go through 2 semesters of classical mechanics before E&M.

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