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This text is intended for junior/senior-level electricity and magnetism courses.  It presents the fundamentals of electromagnetic theory, and explores related applications (ac circuits, antennas, transmission lines, plasmas, optics, etc.). There are numerous examples and problems.
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© 1999 Prentice Hall
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E&M, Electrodynamics
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Only ONE complaint so far...

Author: Logan Hancock
Posted: October 19, 2009 at 3:40PM
Source: The Nucleus collection

I may regret saying this now, but I've really enjoyed this textbook quite possibly more than any other in my college experience. He just seems to talk to the reader, giving you his complete thought process along the way.

My only complaint, however, is the binding on the third edition. The entirety of Chapters One and Two are completely unbound. And I think it's a fairly common complaint with the text.

Either way, I won't let a poor print job stand in the way of a great EM textbook.

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A good first step into "real" physics

Author: Christopher Faesi
Posted: September 28, 2009 at 11:21PM
Source: The Nucleus collection

When I first opened Griffiths's "Introduction to Electrodynamics" and flipped through it I was quite intimidated by the breadth of topics, the rigorous derivations, and the forays into necessary auxiliary mathematical techniques such as complex analysis and fourier series.  I now realize that Griffiths only scratches the surface in terms of the true breadth of Electromagnetism, but a combination of this book and a great professor led to an excellent learning experience.  Griffiths is thorough, explains his reasoning (most of the time), and the problems are challenging and educational.  After completing a year long sequence of E&M, I definitely felt more prepared to enter other upper level physics classes.

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Get a solutions manual

Author: David Silvers
Posted: July 3, 2006 at 6:21PM
Source: The Nucleus collection

I've had different classes using this textbook taught by a theorist and an experimentalist.  If you have a theorist for the teacher, you will definitely need a solutions manual to figure out the book problems.  If you have an experimentalist, you'll only probably need the solutions manual to figure out the problems.

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My Favorite Textbook

Author: Robert
Posted: July 2, 2006 at 3:36PM
Source: The Nucleus collection

I'm one of those students who prefers to read the textbooks and learn alone from it late at night. Griffiths has been extremely helpful to me during both quarters of E&M. He has a way of starting from the basics to make sure no one is left behind before he even starts, but still manages to go into considerable depth. The examples are wonderful, best examples I've seen in a textbook. On top of all that, his dry sense of humor and interesting comments make the book more than enjoyable to read.

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Clear and Interesting

Author: Andrew
Posted: November 10, 2005 at 6:21PM
Source: The Nucleus collection

Griffiths explains the concepts clearly and in a logical development.  This book really helped me understand and connect a lot of concepts in E&M I didn't have as firm a grasp on.  The examples and the text in the book are fundamental and to the point making it easier to read.  For those interested in learning more, many of the problems at the end of sections help explore ideas not fully developed within the text.  Great book!

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