- Hardcover: 506 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math; 2 edition (August 1, 1984)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0070049084
- ISBN-13: 978-0070049086
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1.3 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #519,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The text begins by introducing the basic ideas of electrostatics from the discovery of Coulomb's Law to its elegant formation by Gauss vis a vis the Divergence Theorem, developing the notion of the Electric Field and the Electric Potential function as simplifying mechanisms for applying Coulomb's Law. It then introduces the corresponding observations and principles for Magnetostatics.Read more ›
However, I wasn't very pleased with the amount of problems that were offered at the end of each chapter (15-30) and the fact that only very few have answers, making it very hard for the student trying to teach themselves the physics to test whether or not he's doing the problem correctly. But it takes little away from the text in a classroom setting, and I recommend it for advanced freshman or for a regular junior-level one semester course.
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The description said the book was good, but the back page was totally off when I received it. It was frustrating.Published 20 months ago by Ziqing Zhao
This is a great book. It deals with the fundamentals of electromagnetics. I would recommend this book any time. Read morePublished on December 17, 2012 by needle
I use this book, along with Kleppner & Kolenkow's "Introduction to Mechanics," as the texts in a two-semester sequence of first-year physics. Read morePublished on September 4, 2009 by David H. Roberts
I used this textbook for my E&M class. For the most part, this book is very clear. The only drawback is that the last couple of chapters do not present E&M in materials very... Read morePublished on July 18, 2009 by Lester Kim
This book is really an intro to E&M but it is very dense with verbal descriptions of the physics involved. Read morePublished on December 8, 2008 by Korrigan
Purcell's treatment is empirically based, constructing real experiments, not textbook fiction. Conventional as well as subtle aspects are treated physically, with enough... Read morePublished on January 23, 2008 by RJK
A very logical introduction to EM.
The author starts only with the conservation of electrical charge and coloumbs law and using basic vector calculus concepts of field... Read more
A true classic among the textbooks for introductory electricity and magnetism. Yes. This book is highly mathematical. Read morePublished on January 3, 2005 by Jun Zhou Zhang
I used this text in an 'advanced' introductory physics course and loved it. Explanations are clear and concise, examples and homework problems are of sufficient sophistication to... Read morePublished on June 24, 2004 by M. Salem