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## Main Question or Discussion Point

I just took my intro physics I final today (mechanics) and am moving onto the second semester in the sequence (E&M) over the summer session.

The course will incorporate the usual suspects: daily homework (assigned through an online assignment manager), labs, lectures, and exams.

I really hated Serway. It wasn't mathematical. It seemed more like an engineering course in dynamics with the incorrect notation, more so than a physics course. Nothing was justified with math and nothing was mathematically approached. They derived the formula with calculus, and said "Here's the equation", and called it calc-based.

I want to use a different book. More specifically, I want to use Purcell's Electricity and Magnetism (or if anyone has a better suggestion, I am all ears).

Would it be realistic to do this?

Ideally, I would like to simply

Is this realistic, or will it just create problems for me?

(NOTE: I will still have a copy of the eBook through the webAssign code that I will have to buy for homework, and will be able to use this for anything that Purcell doesn't cover)

The course will incorporate the usual suspects: daily homework (assigned through an online assignment manager), labs, lectures, and exams.

I really hated Serway. It wasn't mathematical. It seemed more like an engineering course in dynamics with the incorrect notation, more so than a physics course. Nothing was justified with math and nothing was mathematically approached. They derived the formula with calculus, and said "Here's the equation", and called it calc-based.

I want to use a different book. More specifically, I want to use Purcell's Electricity and Magnetism (or if anyone has a better suggestion, I am all ears).

Would it be realistic to do this?

**Could someone feasibly ignore the assigned book, and focus on another book, and still do well in the course?**

Would this book compliment the courses lectures, or will it just not work?Would this book compliment the courses lectures, or will it just not work?

Ideally, I would like to simply

**replace Tipler's**book with Purcell's, and have the lectures compliment the book (and vise-versa), and be able to do the homework assignments from ONLY reading Purcell (though I will still be going to lecture), and still be able to**do well on the exams.**

Is this realistic, or will it just create problems for me?

(NOTE: I will still have a copy of the eBook through the webAssign code that I will have to buy for homework, and will be able to use this for anything that Purcell doesn't cover)