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    What are the most frequently cited physics textbooks?

    Hard to answer. When I was doing volcanology I saw Landau's text on fluids cited maybe twice. I recall seeing Boyd's text "Nonlinear Optics" cited once. Also, Wikipedia states that Callen's text "Thermodynamics and Introduction to Thermostatistics" is highly cited in literature.
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    Zangwill vs. Jackson

    I skimmed all the way through chapter 9. The book covers more-or-less the same material as Jackson. Some things I do notice is that some of the things Zangwill covers, Jackson leaves as an exercise. For example, Zangwill discusses Thompson's theorem, but Jackson just says "this is the theorem...
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    Calculus books used at top universities

    Top schools use pretty much the same books as other universities. You can head over to the Textbooks section of this forum to find textbooks that satisfy your needs, though. Other than that, MIT does post the syllabus for their courses: http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/physics/
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    On Polishing my physics

    I like Principles of Quantum Mechanics - Shankar. This text is between the levels of Griffiths and Sakurai.
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    Algebra and Calculus in three dimensions

    The problem you wrote is essentially one-dimensional. Have you taken a course on single-variable calculus? Are you familiar with different coordinate systems? What E&M textbook are you using? It's hard to recommend something if we do not know what level you are at.
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    Problem oriented books

    Irodov's "Problems in General Physics" contains problems for different fields of physics including electromagnetism. I highly recommend this text.
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    Intro Physics Physics for Scientists and Engineers by Paul Tipler and Gene Mosca

    This is my favourite introductory physics text. It is playful as one can tell from some of the problems: a monkey falling from a tree, grabbing a dollar from under a block, riding a skateboard and a block on an incline, etc. If you enjoy a text that isn't too serious and a nice collection of...
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    Classical Optics by Eugene Hecht

    Just like Lavabug, I found the text very verbose. The figures found throughout the text are informative, though. There is a good selection of problems. I would not use this text as a reference, but would use it to brush up on problem solving.
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    Are these textbooks good?

    Did you even click on the Amazon links for those books? Most of the books you listed do not even cover the subject you wish to supplement. You should have waited until you were done with class to make a proper post.
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    Good book for undergrad optics

    I suggest an introductory textbook if you are only a high schooler. Hecht is for those who already have taken an introductory sequence in physics which generally covers mechanics, E&M, and Waves and Optics. It also assumes a knowledge of vector calculus and differential equations. An...
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    Recommend me a Classical Mechanics Text

    Kleppner devotes an entire to chapter to the required math. Taylor covers the math as you go along. It's useful to have seen the concepts before. If I remember correctly, Taylor does show *how* to do a gradient, but doesn't cover *what* it is. Kleppner is typically used in freshman honour's...
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    First Year Physics

    Griffiths is for upper-level E&M. If you want rigorous first-year-level stuff, get Purcell.
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    Difference between University Physics and College Physics (by Young et al)

    Introductory calculus-based physics textbooks are more or less the same. Just pick one that suits you. I wouldn't waste money getting another introductory textbook.
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    A good book on vectors?

    What do you mean? I learned about dot products and cross products in linear algebra. A textbook on that maybe? Or perhaps a book on vector calculus.
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    Best Calculus I/II book

    Are you self studying? Do you have other classes to take? Calculus I and II takes a full school year with other classes and other non-school things going on.
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    Stupidly expensive textbooks

    $400?? o.O Also, many professors, lecturers, etc. write their own class notes and have them available for their students to use, and sometimes they even upload them onto the internet. I used to like owning a copy of a textbook, but recently I have been enjoying using multiple resources and...
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