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For junior/senior-level electricity and magnetism courses. This book is known for its clear, concise and accessible coverage of standard topics in a logical and pedagogically sound order. The Third Edition features a clear, accessible treatment of the fundamentals of electromagnetic theory, providing a sound platform for the exploration of related applications (ac circuits, antennas, transmission lines, plasmas, optics, etc.). Its lean and focused approach employs numerous examples and problems.
|1.5||The Dirac Delta Function||45|
|1.6||The Theory of Vector Fields||52|
|2.1||The Electric Field||58|
|2.2||Divergence and Curl of Electrostatic Fields||65|
|2.4||Work and Energy in Electrostatics||90|
|3.2||The Method of Images||121|
|3.3||Separation of Variables||127|
|4||Electric Fields in Matter||160|
|4.2||The Field of a Polarized Object||166|
|4.3||The Electric Displacement||175|
|5.1||The Lorentz Force Law||202|
|5.2||The Biot-Savart Law||215|
|5.3||The Divergence and Curl of B||221|
|5.4||Magnetic Vector Potential||234|
|6||Magnetic Fields in Matter||255|
|6.2||The Field of a Magnetized Object||263|
|6.3||The Auxiliary Field H||269|
|6.4||Linear and Nonlinear Media||274|
|8.1||Charge and Energy||345|
|9.1||Waves in One Dimension||364|
|9.2||Electromagnetic Waves in Vacuum||375|
|9.3||Electromagnetic Waves in Matter||382|
|9.4||Absorption and Dispersion||392|
|10||Potentials and Fields||416|
|10.1||The Potential Formulation||416|
|12||Electrodynamics and Relativity||477|
|12.1||The Special Theory of Relativity||477|
|A||Vector Calculus in Curvilinear Coordinates||547|
|B||The Helmholtz Theorem||555|
Posted January 25, 2000
This is the book you want if you are having trouble understanding some aspect of elctro/magneto-statics. Its also pretty good at dynamics and radiation, but doesn't really delve into the more subtle concepts of plasmas, optics, etc. that you would find good treatments of in Marion & Heald or Jackson. Its a good sophomore level E&M text with good problems and examples which develop intuition.
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Posted August 2, 2009
I found this book to be pretty good, definitely better than some I've had in the course of my undergrad career. It is very easy to read, although some of the more difficult concepts seem to get glossed over, even if they're important. However, I found that the examples were definitely very helpful. It probably helped that I had an awesome professor for my EM classes, but I think this book is better than a lot on the market in this subject.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 6, 2009
I didn't do too well with Electricity and Magnetism as an undergraduate, so I'm working through Griffith's Intro to Electrodynamics to get a better feel for the material. It helps that I've been introduced to things like Gauss' Law before, but this book is definitely better than the books I used as an undergrad.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Griffiths' Introduction to Electrodynamics is the best book I've so far encountered in my undergraduate career. It is the standard for upper-division E&M and is not only a pleasure to read from but is outstanding for later reference. I have referred to it not only for questions relating to E&M but also for its clear examples of solutions to partial differential equations. The only negative thing I have to say about the book is that the binding seems a bit poor and is rather prone to falling apart, but that may simply be a result of the fact that I have used this book far more than any of my other undergraduate texts.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 28, 2001
The book is comfortably written in the first person, and does explain a few concepts better than other texts. Like most texts, clarity and completeness of subject matter are sacrificed for the purpose of providing problems on which students can be graded. It is not a complete text in that the student cannot sit down with the text alone and learn electrodynamics, unless the student is unusually talented. Many key concepts are reserved for 'problems' for the student to puzzle over and discover himself. This is a problem as if the student omits some problems or does a problem wrong key points will be missed or the student will form misconceptions. This text will favor the student on good terms with his instructor who can formulate questions based on what the author omits and asks his instructor and get sensible answers. This is a general complaint of mine that is true of many textbooks. The text also refers back to previous examples that are often incomplete with a maddening frequency. It is average on covering procedure, and heavy on the special tricks that can be used to solve only one problem of its kind.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 8, 2000
Definitely the BEST undergraduate electrodynamics book on the market. Includes helpful review of vector calculus at the beginning. This is followed by a thorough, absolutely complete presentation of all aspects of electricity & magnetism. Griffiths excellent writing style makes the book a must have. This book is also an excellent supplement to Jackson if you are a graduate student.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 21, 2000
This is one of the best textbooks on electrodynamics. It is complete, covering all the relevant topics from electrostatics to special relativity. A nice review of vector calculus at the beginning gives you all the mathematical tools you need. Griffiths is an excellent writer and any student will find his insight and explanations very helpful in learning this subject. For grad students, this is an excellent supplement to Jackson.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 15, 1999
Basically, this book is a nightmare bound in book form. It is horrible at explaining any type of concepts. If you end up with a teacher that also explains nothing and gives you problems that have nothing to do with his notes, this book is worthless to you. Look at buying another one please, for your sake.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 17, 2011
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Posted December 5, 2010
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