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Classical Rigorous Treatment of E&M and Thermodynamics

  1. Sep 9, 2015 #1
    So, I am deeply unsatisfied with the way I've been taught E&M and thermodynamics in school. Despite having done AP Physics C: E & M and having got a 5 in it, I feel my understanding is lacking. Could you guys ( and girls) please recommend something rigorous for me to use to teach myself.Books and/or video lectures are good. Preferably something with CHALLENGING accompanying problems.
     
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  3. Sep 9, 2015 #2

    vanhees71

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    I don't know, what I mean by "rigoros" and what "AP Physics C" means, but a good starting point are for sure the "Feynman Lectures". They are not mathematically rigoros but focused on the physics.
     
  4. Sep 9, 2015 #3
    Yep, I'm working my way through them. But they don't have any accompanying problems, so... But terrific fun. Feynman explains things beautifully.
     
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    I did not know that existed. Thank you very much! I am now a very very happy man. I'm in India so it'll be at least a month before its delivered here. Any suggestions to tide me over till then?
     
  7. Sep 9, 2015 #6

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    In that month, you could try mastering the "physical" derivation of the Lamor formula. And also compare it with the mathematical derivation using the Lienard-Wiechert potentials.
    http://blog.cupcakephysics.com/elec...homsons-derivation-of-the-larmor-formula.html (physical derivation)
    http://fermi.la.asu.edu/PHY531/larmor/index.html (mathematical derivation)

    You can also try the qualifying exams of various universities (some provide solutions).
    https://www.princeton.edu/physics/graduate-program/prelims/
    http://jonathanwhitmore.com/physics/physics-quals
    http://physicsweb.phy.uic.edu/graduate/guidelines.php
    http://physics.columbia.edu/qalifying-exam-quals
    http://physics.uoregon.edu/grad_studies/phd_qualifier/

    As for notes, Richard Fitzpatrick has a good sets at undergraduate and graduate levels.
    http://farside.ph.utexas.edu/teaching/em/em.html
    http://farside.ph.utexas.edu/teaching/jk1/jk1.html

    David Tong also has good notes, and links to other good resources.
    http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/user/tong/em.html

    None of those are rigourous. For rigour, you could try https://www.amazon.com/Relativistic-Electrodynamics-Differential-Geometry-Stephen/dp/1461291135 (I haven't read it).
     
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