Electricity and Magnetism

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 22, 2011 - Science
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For 40 years Edward M. Purcell's classic textbook has introduced students to the wonders of electricity and magnetism. With profound physical insight, Purcell covers all the standard introductory topics, such as electrostatics, magnetism, circuits, electromagnetic waves, and electric and magnetic fields in matter. Taking a non-traditional approach, the textbook focuses on fundamental questions from different frames of reference. Mathematical concepts are introduced in parallel with the physics topics at hand, making the motivations clear. Macroscopic phenomena are derived rigorously from microscopic phenomena. With hundreds of illustrations and over 300 end-of-chapter problems, this textbook is widely considered the best undergraduate textbook on electricity and magnetism ever written. An accompanying solutions manual for instructors can be found at www.cambridge.org/9781107013605.
 

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Contents

TIIE ELECTRIC POTENTIAL
41
CHAPTER 3
78
ELECTRIC FIELDS AROUND CONDUCTORS
87
Uniqueness Theorem
94
XV
95
CHAPTER 4
116
ELECTRIC CURRENTS
123
CHAPTER 5
166
CHAPTER 10
344
Moments
360
1
365
21
379
22
395
1
397
26
409
29
416

CHAPTER 6
202
lUlbI
232
ELECTROMAGNETIC INDUCTION
255
Magnetic Field
262
ALTERNATINGCURRENT CIRCUITS
297
MAXWELUS EQUATIONS
323
Appendix
451
Appendix
459
Superconductivity
465
Appendix
473
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Edward M. Purcell (1912997) was the recipient of many awards for his scientific, educational and civic work. In 1952 he shared the Nobel Prize for Physics for his independent discovery of nuclear magnetic resonance in liquids and in solids, an elegant and precise way of determining chemical structure and properties of materials which is widely used today. During his career he served as science advisor to Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.

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