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  1. Mar 17, 2015 #1

    MMS

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    Hello everyone,

    This semester I'm taking the following important classes in physics and I was hoping you guys could help me out a little and state which good books you know concern the subjects.
    The courses are Quantum Mechanics 1, Statistical and Thermal Physics and lastly Electromagnetism and Electrodynamics.

    Help is much appreciated.


    Thank you!
     
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  3. Mar 17, 2015 #2
    For electromagnetism I'd recommend either the second volume of "The Feynman Lectures on Physics" or "Introduction to electrodynamics" by Griffiths.
    I'm assuming that you know all the vector and multivariable calculus and stuff
     
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  5. Mar 19, 2015 #4

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    Thanks for the reply.

    As for Griffiths' book, do you think it is at the right level of the course I'm talking about? We kind of used this book in E&M during my first year and it seemed just right there.

    EDIT: Just to make things clear, I'm still not that sure what we're going to cover in the course and at what level since no syllabus has been posted yet, so I'm simply making assumptions.
     
  6. Mar 19, 2015 #5

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    Thanks for the recommendations.

    Question, is the quantum mechanics book suitable for students taking quantum physics for the first time ever?
     
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  8. Mar 19, 2015 #7
    Did you guys cover all of the book in first year?
    I am not sure if it'd suit your course. You may want to ask some people who have already taken the course.
    But Griffiths is a sophisticated book, in my opinion.
     
  9. Mar 21, 2015 #8
    Feel like Griffith's isn't enough? Give Classical Electrodynamics by JD Jackson a go
     
  10. Mar 22, 2015 #9

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  11. Mar 22, 2015 #10

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    To be honest, I just remembered that I studied from Griffith's book by myself when the the recommended book was Purcell's so we technically didn't cover anything from that book.
    Anyway, the professor said it's a good book today but to keep in mind that it lacks a couple of significant topics.

    Thank you!
     
  12. Mar 22, 2015 #11

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    Thanks!
    The professor said that it's not that good of a book to study from but it's usually the textbook used in universities in this course for some reason..
     
  13. Mar 22, 2015 #12

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    Any suggestions though on thermal & statistical physics?
     
  14. Mar 24, 2015 #13

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    Staff: Mentor

    Have you tried the forum search feature (top right of the page)? A search for "thermodynamics" gives a lot of hits.
     
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