Review Griffiths E/M before Jackson?

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Hello,
I will be starting my junior year this August, I shall be having the dreaded advanced electromagnetism course that follows Jackson's book the coming semester. Unfortunately, I didn't work very hard during my freshman year e/m course (which uses Griffiths' book) and have a few gaps in my understanding. I wanted to know if reviewing it before the next semester starts would be useful.
 

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I like Griffiths textbook. He explains the fundamental ideas in a clear and simple way, though be careful! In rare occasions he uses unreasonable methods to explain the concepts (Expected, since it is an Undergraduate level textbook), if you are feeling confused just look at google/wiki or other references. Anyhow I think it is very useful.

It will take you a lot of time to finish it, especially with the enormous amount of exercises. I will advice you to at least do the important exercise if you are in a hurry. I don't think you will be able to comprehend the ideas in your mind without doing the exercises.

Unlike what some people would say, look at the solution manual if you have access to. But give yourself more than enough time to think about the solution, and don't rush it. Otherwise, looking at the solution manual would will harm you a lot in the process and it will give you a very bad habit.
 

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