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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780138053260
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley
  • Publication date: 12/30/1998
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Vector Analysis 1
1.1 Vector Algebra 1
1.2 Differential Calculus 13
1.3 Integral Calculus 24
1.4 Curvilinear Coordinates 38
1.5 The Dirac Delta Function 45
1.6 The Theory of Vector Fields 52
2 Electrostatics 58
2.1 The Electric Field 58
2.2 Divergence and Curl of Electrostatic Fields 65
2.3 Electric Potential 77
2.4 Work and Energy in Electrostatics 90
2.5 Conductors 96
3 Special Techniques 110
3.1 Laplace's Equation 110
3.2 The Method of Images 121
3.3 Separation of Variables 127
3.4 Multipole Expansion 146
4 Electric Fields in Matter 160
4.1 Polarization 160
4.2 The Field of a Polarized Object 166
4.3 The Electric Displacement 175
4.4 Linear Dielectrics 179
5 Magnetostatics 202
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
6.1 Magnetization 255
6.2 The Field of a Magnetized Object 263
6.3 The Auxiliary Field H 269
6.4 Linear and Nonlinear Media 274
7 Electrodynamics 285
7.1 Electromotive Force 285
7.2 Electromagnetic Induction 301
7.3 Maxwell's Equations 321
8 Conservation Laws 345
8.1 Charge and Energy 345
8.2 Momentum 349
9 Electromagnetic Waves 364
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
9.5 Guided Waves 405
10 Potentials and Fields 416
10.1 The Potential Formulation 416
10.2 Continuous Distributions 422
10.3 Point Charges 429
11 Radiation 443
11.1 Dipole Radiation 443
11.2 Point Charges 460
12 Electrodynamics and Relativity 477
12.1 The Special Theory of Relativity 477
12.2 Relativistic Mechanics 507
12.3 Relativistic Electrodynamics 522
A Vector Calculus in Curvilinear Coordinates 547
B The Helmholtz Theorem 555
C Units 558
Index 562
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2000

    Easy to Follow

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2009

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    Very descent undergraduate level EM textbook

    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.

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  • Posted June 6, 2009

    Great for Self-Education

    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.

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  • Posted October 24, 2008

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    The standard.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2001

    Typical physics text.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2000

    Introduction to Electrodynamics

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2000

    Introduction to Electrodynamics

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 1999

    Do not buy this book

    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.

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