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Jackson: t-minus three semesters and counting

  1. Oct 14, 2009 #1
    Jackson: t-minus three semesters and counting!!!

    Okay, help me with this thought-experiment: I was wondering how well-prepared for graduate (Jackson) electromagnetism I would be if I had studied the entirety of Griffith's "Intro...Electrodynamics" one year beforehand. What subject-matter would I still be missing, so to speak? I'll have a summer before I have to study out of Jackson's book, so I was wondering if there was anything I should study beforehand, as preparation. Would a math-course in partial-differential-equations (whatever that means...) help?

    I also wish to study general relativity during the same semester: what prior-knowledge should I amass during the summer beforehand?
     
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  3. Oct 15, 2009 #2

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    Re: Jackson: t-minus three semesters and counting!!!

    If "whatever that means" is your response to PDE's, you might be in trouble. Do Griffiths, take the PDE course, I assume you may have already taken an ODE course (ordinary differential equations). That should be a good starter...
     
  4. Oct 15, 2009 #3
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    Ha ha...I just meant that I didn't know the PDE-course-description offhand. Now that I consult it: they speak of "Green's functions, Fourier series, and other classical techniques".
     
  5. Oct 15, 2009 #4
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    Start assembling other EM textbooks that cover the same principles and have example problems worked out. Landau-Lifgarbagez...
     
  6. Oct 15, 2009 #5

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    Re: Jackson: t-minus three semesters and counting!!!

    I'm using Jackson right now and Green's Functions are some pretty wild stuff to learn, I recommend burning that knowledge into your head however you can. Fourier series is important as well, definitely. Understanding Legendre polynomials, bessel functions, spherical harmonics... stuff you'd find in a PDE course most likely, is good to know. Hell, just grab a mathematical physics book and go nuts on it.
     
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