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Alternative to Griffiths Introduction to Electrodynamics

  1. Jan 27, 2014 #1
    I hope I am posting this question in the correct forum.

    I am in the second course in an upper level Electricity and Magnetism sequence (E&M II). We are using Griffith's Introduction to Electrodynamics as in the first course in the sequence. We covered chapters 1-3, 5, 7, and some of 8 in the first course; and I followed Griffiths well. In the second course, we have done chapter 4 and started in on chapter 6; and I am lost, completely. Griffiths is using so many "approximations" and hand-wavy explanations. Does anyone have suggestions for electricity and magnetism texts that are more concrete; or is the nature of the subject riddled with approximations that break down in new situations?
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  3. Jan 27, 2014 #2

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    There's always Jackson. Seeing that might make change your opinion on approximations.
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    Welcome to physics. It's only going to get dirtier from here on out :wink:
  5. Jan 27, 2014 #4
    Can you give an example of the kind of passage that bothers you?
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  7. Jan 27, 2014 #6
    second this.

    be careful what you wish for. On the other hand if it isnt for a class there is no one to hold the hand to the fire so the rigor isnt that big of a deal.
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