In addition to the required text book this is a list of additional text
books that are useful references and will be on reserve in the Physics, Optics
and Astronomy Library. The two most popular systems of units used in
electrodynamics are the Gaussian CGS system (C = Coulomb, G = gram, and S =
second) and the MKS system (M = meter, K = kilogram, and S = second). Our text
book uses the MKS system. Some of the suggested references use the CGS system.
Information about converting from CGS units to MKS units, or vice-versa can be
found in Appendix C of Griffiths and in Jackson.
R. K. Wangsness,
Electromagnetic Fields (second edition, 1986). This book is very
similar in approach, content and style to Griffiths' book. Has many good
examples and uses MKS units.
M. H. Nayfeh and M. K. Brussel,
Electricity and Magnetism (1985). Their discussions of the
principles or electrodynamics are very brief and dry. However, they include a
very large number of examples on every topic, including many not found in
Griffiths and Wangsness. Uses MKS units.
J. D. Jackson, Classical
Electrodynamics (second edition, 1975). This book is the classic text
in electrodynamics. It is very well written. The parts on relativity and the
interaction of radiation with matter will be especially useful. It uses CGS
units, but an appendix tells you all you need to know about unit
E. M. Purcell, Electricity and Magnetism, (second
edition, 1985). This book will serve as a supplementary text throughout
this course. It is eminently readable, and has all the physics of the
mathematically-advanced texts, presented succinctly and beautifully. It uses
R. P. Feynman, R. B. Leighton, and M. Sands, The Feynman
Lectures on Physics, Volumes 1 and 2 (1963). These books are full of
terrific insights into electrodynamics, as well as other basic branches of
physics, and are worth reading at every stage of you physics