Hardcover: 856 pages
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math; 7 edition (January 27, 2006)
Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 1.5 x 10.3 inches
Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
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If you have any choice in the matter find a different E&M book. Most of the reviews here are spot on. I get that E&M is hard and you would have to search long and hard to find a well reviewed E&M book, but that doesn't excuse this books failings.To start with this book is poorly written in many respects. Explanations are often quite hand-wavy and the examples often do not go into enough depth to be followed. Physical descriptions are butchered numerous times throughout the text, and analogies that should make things easier to understand often only add to the overall confusion. This is not coming from someone who was ill prepared for this course. I had a solid math background including vector calculus, and I had taken a previous physics course in E&M. In general I found myself reading this book, getting frustrated and confused, and then realizing I already had learned how to do this before and looking up the topic online. I accept being confused about new things, but a book should not confuse me on a topic I already know.This problem sets in this book hardly deserve a single star. The problems deviate a bit further from what was presented in the text than I would think proper. This makes an external resource necessary to solve many problems. Many questions are so poorly worded that the problem can be interpreted in multiple ways each with a unique solution, and the student is left to guess how they should interpret the problem. Even if you do guess the right interpenetration you will often find you have been marked wrong by the grader because either the instructor solution manual was wrong, or the problem in the book was wrong.
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