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would a solid knowledge on linear algebra and differential equations suffice?

what about a graduate level EM course?

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would a solid knowledge on linear algebra and differential equations suffice?

what about a graduate level EM course?

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For EM, knowing your vector calculus is probably top priority. Being confident with your integration tricks and various theorems like Greens, Stokes, etc. would probably be a good start.

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For EM, knowing your vector calculus is probably top priority. Being confident with your integration tricks and various theorems like Greens, Stokes, etc. would probably be a good start.

Here's a question from someone who'll be taking graduate E&M in the Fall. Are there ever any instances in which you've got to actually take a surface integral or a curl? Because in my undergrad course, I found that I never had to parametrize a surface, or do anything crazy like that (which is too bad, because I was actually good at that stuff back in multivariable calc). Should I be expecting problems like this in E&M? Or should I be expecting more of the specialized techniques like images, multipole expansions, etc.?

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The first 3 chapters of Jackson could be used as an intro to PDE's for physicists.

I'll second that......I learned more in the way of PDE's from those chapters than I did from any math course.

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