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Having Trouble with EM

  1. Oct 1, 2009 #1
    I'm having a lot of trouble with basic EM (calculus based) because for some reason, the material simply isn't clicking with me. We're using Ohanian/Markert's Physics for Scientists and Engineers and I'm finding it to be very lacking. I'm wondering if anyone has any better alternative suggestions for resources, technical ones that is.

    Thanks a ton.
     
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  3. Oct 1, 2009 #2
    Halliday and Resnick's Fundamentals of Physics: Volume 2 is pretty good as far as introductory texts goes.
     
  4. Oct 1, 2009 #3
    I'll make the obligatory recommendation for Griffiths.
     
  5. Oct 2, 2009 #4

    Landau

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    You may want to take a look at Electricity and Magnetism by Purcell.
     
  6. Oct 3, 2009 #5

    Nabeshin

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    For introductory E&M? I think not...

    Maybe, although this text (especially the problems) are at a pretty advanced mathematical level. It's quite a rigorous introduction to E&M, which is probably not what the OP wants...

    So, I second Halliday and Resnick.
     
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  8. Oct 7, 2009 #7

    jasonRF

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    I will be yet another person to recommend Halliday and Resnick. I have the 3rd edition which I think is quite good (not familiar with other editions) - I would guess used copies can be found for very little money.

    I agree with Nabeshin 100%. Griffiths is really for an upper division EM course - a second course in EM. Purcell is great once you know EM, but is terrible to learn from if it is your first time seeing this material. When I first learned EM it was from Purcell and it was much more painful than is required to get a good grasp of EM. He leaves out a lot of intermediate results that both Griffiths and Halliday and Resnick derive for the reader; Purcell assumes you will derive these yourself in the course of solving the problems. I started liking Purcell after intermediate EM, and loved it after graduate EM.

    Good luck!

    jason
     
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