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Jackson is taught lots of different ways. Very few courses cover every section of every chapter.

Can you get syllabi for the graduate courses you'll be taking? Can you get advice from the instructors who have taught these courses?

When I learned E&M from Jackson, the instructor emphasized material that required knowing spherical harmonics a lot more than Green's functions.

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Perhaps if you gave us an idea of the math you've already studied, it might help produce some useful suggested reading.

At the minimum, university math for physics or engineering is going to involve courses in:

Integral and differential calculus of a single variable.

Vector Calculus and multi-variable calculus

Ordinary Differential equations

Introduction to partial differential equations, usually of the separable type

linear algebra

numerical analysis

statistics

You won't find all of this material covered in a single text, at least not one you would be capable of lifting and carrying with you.

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Vector Calculus and multi-variable calculus

Ordinary Differential equations

Introduction to partial differential equations, usually of the separable type"

These i have already seen, i have heard that some textbooks teaches the math necessary to understand the phenomena, this is true?

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It's not clear what you mean by "phenomena" here. I thought we were talking about learning mathematics.

Vector Calculus and multi-variable calculus

Ordinary Differential equations

Introduction to partial differential equations, usually of the separable type"

These i have already seen, i have heard that some textbooks teaches the math necessary to understand the phenomena, this is true?

Yes, some textbooks teach these subjects, but not all at once (at least not in any great detail.) Even Math Handbooks which usually cover the breadth of this subject can only devote short articles to each topic, in order to fit into a book which isn't the size of a household appliance. Even so, the articles are written for people who have studied the subject in detail previously, and need a handy source of math facts, important theorems, identities, etc., to save from having to search through multiple volumes to find what they need. A math handbook is definitely not suitable for one to first learn the subject.

I should mention that each of the math topics I listed in my previous post is generally covered in a one semester course, sometimes two or three. All told, there is about three years of university math study on that one list (and I omitted the calculus of complex variables).

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Are these from high school calculus, or? I'm not sure where these would have come from, and how "knowledgeable" you really are in them, or if you're just trying to make something look "familiar" more than anything.

Vector Calculus and multi-variable calculus

Ordinary Differential equations

Introduction to partial differential equations, usually of the separable type"

These i have already seen, i have heard that some textbooks teaches the math necessary to understand the phenomena, this is true?

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Goldstein is more of an undergraduate text, and you can garner more physical insights by using Jackson as a paperweight in lieu of actually reading it. I would never, ever, in a million years try to read Jackson as a self-study text.

You should get the physics texts. So you aren't in university? Have you already self studied the introductory physics texts to a level you feel comfortable? Why are you in a hurry to get to graduate texts?

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I you want to learn the mathematics for Jackson, etc.... Arfken is a reasonable choice. After slogging through graduate school, I found that Jackson by itself is a reasonably decent math methods text in its own. I learned more Green's function applications from it than any other text/course I ever did.

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Goldstein in not an undergraduate text, you need to know a significant amount of mechanics to get through it.

Shrug just going off my experience, we used it as the third quarter in mechanics just after Taylor- all required pre-grad classes.

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Dr Transport,i have seen that in the comments of this book, many people recommends the Byron's "Mathematics for Classical and Quantum Physics", what do you think?

Not to bad a text, have not used it for a class though. It sits on my shelf with the rest of the math methods texts...much more readable than say Morse and Feshbach. Between that and Arfken, you'd be in fairly decent shape until you got into the more amthematical aspects of more advanced material.

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