Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Supplemental texts

In case you're wanting to review your E&M or mechanics ...
  • Serway & Jewett, "Physics for Scientists & Engineers" Vol 2 (the PH105/106 book). Covers mechanics and E&M
  • The Feynman Lectures on Physics (in the library or the physics student lounge on 1st floor). Three volumes, covers mechanics, E&M, and modern physics. I draw on these heavily in preparing lectures.
  • E.M. Purcell "Electricity and Magnetism" (should be in library; uses different units!). E&M only, but it has fantastic treatments of moving charges and radiation. The only downside is the use of cgs units, which are almost certainly unfamiliar to you, and which make the formulas look a little different.
Feynman & Purcell are more mathematically sophisticated than Serway, both very casually use of vector calculus. For the most part, though, you should be able to follow the essential points even if you haven't seen some bits of the math.

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