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I have a shaky foundation in the topic, as in first year I was not very studious and involved. In my next year I picked my socks up, but did not manage to learn too much from the second exposition to electromagnetism, apart from electrostatics and some basic situations involving magnetic fields. The rest was quite superficial.

The topics in the upcoming course include: Scalar diffraction theory. Image formation and Fourier Optics, Coherence. Electromagnetic fields in dispersive media. Scattering. Maxwell’s equations potential formulation. Gauge transformation. Poynting’s theorem, conservation laws. Green’s function solution of static problems. Inhomogeneous wave equation and Green’s function solution. Dipole radiation. Emission of radiation from accelerating and decelerating charges. Relativistic electrodynamics. Covariant formulation,

which sound a little scary given my background in the subject. I am wondering if anyone has advice for me to get up to speed, while solidifying my understanding of the basics. Any resources or methods for doing so given the time frame would be much appreciated.

I have Griffiths' Introduction to Electrodynamics, and have looked a bit at MIT's lectures. They look pretty good. This site looks good too: http://www.maxwells-equations.com/