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Classical Companion book for Electrodynamics by Jackson

  1. Mar 13, 2017 #1
    I am studying electrodynamics, in a few more months I have the qualification exam.

    The guide text is classical electrodynamics, Jackson.

    I find that book is higher my current level. I have the math tools, but what book do you recommend to use before the Jackson.
     
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  4. Mar 13, 2017 #3

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    David J. Griffiths' Introduction to Electrodynamics is a good introductory book.
     
  5. Mar 13, 2017 #4

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    Number 1 on Tong's list in the link... Purcell is nr 2.
     
  6. Mar 13, 2017 #5

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    Then it's a good list :wink:
     
  7. Mar 13, 2017 #6
    My favorite electrodynamics books
    1. Covariant Electrodynamics: A Concise Guide by Charap. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1421400146
    2. Lectures on Classical Electrodynamics by Berthold-Georg Englert https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/9814596930/
    3. Classical Electrodynamics by Schwinger https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0738200565
    4. Electrodynamics and Classical Theory of Fields and Particles by Barut https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0486640388/
    5. Principles of Electrodynamics by Schwartz https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0486654931
    6. Electrodynamics by Melia https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0226519589
    7. Classical Electricity and Magnetism by Panofsky and Phillips https://www.amazon.com/Classical-Electricity-Magnetism-Second-Physics/dp/0486439240

    I did not list Purcell as it was already suggested. Purcell is great!

    I never liked Jackson or Griffiths (don't ask me why). For your purpose, as a precursor to Jackson, Griffiths may as well be very suitable.
     
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  8. Mar 14, 2017 #7

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    Hm, and I never liked Purcell. Until today, I don't understand why people think, it's a great book. We have had so many discussions by confused readers here in the forum that I think that this impression is not so wrong, but it's of course subjective. I like the book by Schwartz much more. The best "covariant" book for me still is Landau/Lifshitz vol. 2. Barut is also great, but full of typos. Don't trust any formula, which you haven't carefully checked yourself!
     
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    Meir Achuz

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  10. Mar 15, 2017 #9
    This was the Jackson before Jackson, Stratton's Electromagnetic Theory:

    https://www.amazon.com/Electromagnetic-Theory-Stratton-Julius-Adams/dp/1443730548
     
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  11. Mar 15, 2017 #10
    Second edition of Purcell's book is free on Library Genesis, I guess it is legal.
     
  12. Mar 16, 2017 #11

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    Nothing on Library Genesis is legal ;-)).
     
  13. Mar 16, 2017 #12

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    Is it at least legal to mention Library Genesis? :sorry:
     
  14. Mar 16, 2017 #13

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    I'm not a lawyer :biggrin:
     
  15. Mar 16, 2017 #14
    Amazingly it was in google search results, So I thought it was legal.
    I did not download anything from there.:nb):nb):nb)
     
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