Textbook or other resource with comprehensive challenging problems?

In summary, the Openstax College Physics book does not have solutions, but the student's solutions are helpful.
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Hi all, can you recommend a textbook or other resource with comprehensive (meaning spanning multiple subjects) and challenging physics problems and also the solutions?

I have already worked through Giancoli (no-calculus), Ohanian (calc based) and the two dummies workbooks.

I have been working on old exam problems, which are great because most of them require you to combine several ideas, and they are fun, but because there are no solutions I am always worried that I did something wrong even if I can solve it in several different ways.

The prefix asks me to specify so I entered Classical, but I'm also interested in Electromagnetism.

Thank you!
 
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You might check out the Openstax.org University textbooks for challenging problems.

openstax.org

In particular, this volume which covers EM theory:

https://openstax.org/details/books/university-physics-volume-2
However, if you want a more Maxwellian treatment with Vector Calculus then you need to consider a book called Div Grad Curl and All That, a light weight treatment:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0393925161/?tag=pfamazon01-20

which would have some discussion following this level of math:

http://www.phys.ufl.edu/~pjh/teaching/phz3113/notes/week6.pdf
http://www.phys.ufl.edu/~pjh/teaching/phz3113/notes/
 
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Hi, Thank you! I love the openstax books, they helped me a lot, especially in math and in particular their wealth of problems.

I was really silly. I have worked on the Openstax College Physics book and found that they don't have solutions, and the students' solutions were only minimal, unlike the math textbooks where there were all the odd solutions.
I just assumed the uni books are the same, but I was wrong.
They have all the solutions to the odd problems too so that I can check my work!

Thank you so much. I'm happy I found some new problems to work on.
 

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