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Help me find a comparable textbook

  1. Jan 31, 2015 #1
    Please help me find a similar textbook to the one below. Note that I'd like it on the internet and free. Thanks!

    "Electricity and Magnetism", E. Purcell & D. Morin, 3rd edition. From what I've heard, it's a textbook for an introductory electricity and magnetism class. Note that it has some advanced 3D calculus in there. Here's a description of it:

    Text from a Nobel Laureate. What a privilege that we own to be able to not only read it but to study seriously from it.

    First of all, this book is deep. You need to be very potent in advanced Maths (Vector analysis) & Physics (Special Relativity) to be able to discover the beauty of EM theory that Purcell presents in this remarkable book.

    This book tells you that:

    1. Magnetic force is actually electric force caused by relative movement of charged particles. (You need to learn Special Relativity before you can understand Chap 5)

    2. How to calculate magnetic field using vector potential( just in a similar way that we use to calculate electric field using scalar potential). If you want to know how to derive Biot Savart Law, which Halliday's Physics wont even bother, you will find it in Chap 6.

    3. Both integral and differential form of Maxwell equations (in terms of vector operators, e.g. G.D.C.-- Gradient, Divergence and Curl)
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  3. Jan 31, 2015 #2
    Hey there,

    Some people love the book: "Introduction to electrodynamics", by Griffiths. Check it out and see if it's your cup of tea.
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2015
  4. Jan 31, 2015 #3
    Ok, but it says this book is for juniors and seniors taking intermediate level e&m. Is there any textbook as rigorous as the one I mentioned and is for freshman/sophomore level e&m?
  5. Jan 31, 2015 #4

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    I'm afraid there isn't. Purcell is the best book in this regard.
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