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Message 601093 - Posted: 9 Jul 2007, 22:33:30 UTC

Today feels so much like a Friday, since last Wednesday was a holiday and I've been at work every day since. Yesterday I was up here while my car was supposedly getting new tires, but the garage had to wait until this morning to get a full set of the tires I wanted. Now I have some beautiful new treads for my upcoming 12,000-km road trip, which starts next Saturday.

I've been trying to pick out a good textbook for one of the courses I'm going to teach at UBCO. It's a second-year intermediate E&M course, so there's some E&M theory but nothing heavy on vector calculus like Griffiths' Intro to Electrodynamics. Lots of 1st-yr texts cover the E/M theory and basic circuit theory quite well, but it would be good to find something a little more sophisticated. Any suggestions? Something that mixes theory and practical applications well. The other two courses I'll teach are 1st-yr physics and 1st-yr astronomy, so I'll have quite a lot of students.

Oh, anyone in the Bay Area who is looking to buy some slightly used furniture for a real good price can contact me.

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Message 601122 - Posted: 9 Jul 2007, 23:30:40 UTC - in response to Message 601093.

Wow Kevin, the days are just flying by aren't they?? LOL Glad you got some new tread for that long trip. Your job sounds very interesting, wish I knew more about them myself. For that matter, wish I had the money to go to college, was going to as soon as I got out of high school, but surgeries on my leg stopped me, then being out on my own really put a damper on things. LOL One day, I'll get there. :-)

Thanks again for the updates, I hope you'll still find time to come here and post and keep us up to date on how your doing and how things are. Take care.

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Message 601126 - Posted: 9 Jul 2007, 23:45:23 UTC

Textbook: Look at the book by Wangness. It may fit your expected needs. I tried 3 textbooks over my sophomore E&M teaching years and Wangness beat the others (including Griffiths) handsdown from the student's feedback; and mine as I recall. Griffiths is the pits.

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Message 601213 - Posted: 10 Jul 2007, 4:36:36 UTC


Congratulations on your work Sir - and have a Safe and Wonderful Trip

Again - Thanks for the Updates too . . .


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Message 601832 - Posted: 11 Jul 2007, 16:32:13 UTC - in response to Message 601126.

Textbook: Look at the book by Wangness. It may fit your expected needs. I tried 3 textbooks over my sophomore E&M teaching years and Wangness beat the others (including Griffiths) handsdown from the student's feedback; and mine as I recall. Griffiths is the pits.


Thanks PhonAcq for that recommendation. I'd looked at that one, and went back to look at it again after you suggested it. Not enough on circuits, and a little too much on propagation of waves. But I agree it's a good text. I think there are slightly different curriculum paths between US and Canadian universities. A lot of 2nd-yr E&M courses in the US dive right into stuff that requires vector calculus - Berkeley is a perfect example with Purcell's book. In Canada, at least from the universities I'm familiar with, "classical" E&M in all its calculus-laden glory is taught in 3rd & 4th years, from texts like Griffiths and/or Jackson.

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Message 606458 - Posted: 20 Jul 2007, 13:29:56 UTC

We used this one: Electromagnetism

but i no longer have a copy as my ex took all the physics books when he left...so I can't actually remember how good it was. I think our lecturers preferred to use their own notes mostly. We also used Ohanian which had a bit of everything in it and of course the Feynman lectures.
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Message 606467 - Posted: 20 Jul 2007, 13:51:23 UTC - in response to Message 606458.
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We used this one: Electromagnetism

but i no longer have a copy as my ex took all the physics books when he left...so I can't actually remember how good it was. I think our lecturers preferred to use their own notes mostly. We also used Ohanian which had a bit of everything in it and of course the Feynman lectures.


rEally good onE 'K' . . . Table of Contents


Force and Energy in Electrostatics.

Dielectrics.

Electrostatic Field Calculations.

Steady Currents and Magnetic Fields.

Magnetic Materials.

Electromagnetic Induction and Magnetic Energy.

Alternating Currents and Transients.

Linear Circuits.

Transmission Lines.

Maxwell's Equations.

Electromagnetic Waves.

Waveguides.

The Generator of Electromagnetic Waves.

Electromagnetism and Special Relativity.

Appendices.

Solutions to Problems.

Further Reading.

Index.


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i remember - when i was younger - there was a 'Prize' out there for the "Definition" of 'Electricity' and as well for 'Gravity' . . .

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Message 606491 - Posted: 20 Jul 2007, 14:37:49 UTC - in response to Message 606467.


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i remember - when i was younger - there was a 'Prize' out there for the "Definition" of 'Electricity' and as well for 'Gravity' . . .

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When I see a hot woman - that's Electricity
When I see a 400 lb woman - that's Gravity
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Message 606520 - Posted: 20 Jul 2007, 15:20:09 UTC - in response to Message 606491.
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[off topic - 4 a moment]

i remember - when i was younger - there was a 'Prize' out there for the "Definition" of 'Electricity' and as well for 'Gravity' . . .

[baCk on topic - Thanks]


When I see a hot woman - that's Electricity
When I see a 400 lb woman - that's Gravity


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