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Can you please recomand a good textbook to study over the summer?

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In summary: They should just learn the integral forms and skip the more complicated differential ones.In summary, this person did not use a textbook for their first semester of physics (probably mechanics). They recommend a book like Maxwell II or Griffiths if you are looking for a textbook for your summer study.

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Can you please recomand a good textbook to study over the summer?

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We did not use a book, and that was terrible. The teacher told us to study from " [insert random guy] or berkley E&M course or Feynman", now both the english course he recomanded were for a year of E&M not for half a year designed. I'm looking to something more up to date. As I said it went terrible and I feel I don't know anything I just want to study it all over again, over the summer. Any textbook suggestion is welcome. THanksDishsoap said:

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Xsnac said:We did not use a book, and that was terrible. The teacher told us to study from " [insert random guy] or berkley E&M course or Feynman", now both the english course he recomanded were for a year of E&M not for half a year designed. I'm looking to something more up to date. As I said it went terrible and I feel I don't know anything I just want to study it all over again, over the summer. Any textbook suggestion is welcome. THanks

Well that's... interesting. Tell me, what book did you use for your first semester of physics (probably mechanics)?

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Teacher's own book. I'm from east Europe so no biggie. Mechanics was ok but E&M I need some standard textbook ..Dishsoap said:Well that's... interesting. Tell me, what book did you use for your first semester of physics (probably mechanics)?

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http://www.aproged.pt/biblioteca/MaxwellI.pdf

here you have 2 books from maxwell on electromagnetism, have fun :D

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(p. 384 of the second volume).

En passant, I am suprised by how modern Maxwell's writing is.

Perhaps a beginner is better served with a more modern (last century at most) treatment...

Kip is good to begin with.

Purcell is really nice to develop a physical intuition.

Fenyman's second volume (which is available online) is truly 'traditional' in its approach.

Dugdale's short book is a good way to learn EM from the Maxwell equations.

Jefimenko on one side and Panofski and Phillips on the other are good all around introductions for the more advanced student.

I am not going to suggest Jackson's book, I really do not have the nerve. :-)

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From the traditional books, I like Feynman vol. II (this I'd recommend for a beginner), Jackson (a must read although the 3rd edition is a bit spoiled by introducing SI units; here I'd recommend the 2nd edition), Schwinger (brillant with a lot of not so common tricks, particularly in introducing the special functions like Cylinder Bessels etc.).

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Did the freshman E&M course you took use the differential equation versions of Maxwell's equations (involving curl, divergence, etc.) or just the integral versions? If it was just the integral versions and you just barely passed, I would recommend a typical intro physics book - Halliday is fine but other folks here may know better options. If you used curl, etc., then the 3rd edition of Purcell (since it has solutions to some problems) or any edition of Griffiths may be a good choice; Feynman volume 2 would also be good but you will need a problem book to go with it.

If you just barely passed freshman E&M I would

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I too like Dugdale's book very much.

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The best book on Electrostatics and Electrodynamics is indeed Griffiths. There is also a schaums

series on Electromagnetism, get that and you will be okay.

Whichever book you get, in the end its all about problem solving so you need to master

that with the help of the solved problems and examples. Griffiths+sol and Schaums !

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