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This book is an excellent text for physics graduate students. It is unsuited for undergraduate use. I echo the observation of several other commenters in that the derivations are in places too abbreviated and impose a substantial burden on the reader having to fill in the blanks.
The problems range in difficulty, with the relatively easy problems not being terribly easy in the usual sense, to very difficult. Acquiring the ability to solve Jackson problems imbues you with professional level skills as an analyst. The problems one encounters as a professional engineer or applied physicist are really not much harder than difficult Jackson problems. On the other hand, even graduate students will benefit by having a more accessible secondary text for use in a graduate electromagnetism course.
The Jackson text affords excellent preparation for professional analysis, but is not ideal from a pedantic viewpoint. It should not be one's sole resource in learning graduate electromagnetism, but it is a very valuable one.
 

Review: Classical Electrodynamics

User Review  - Jiarong Shi - Goodreads

comprehensive and ...painful exercise Read full review

Review: Classical Electrodynamics

User Review  - Sean - Goodreads

The classic book that every graduate EM professor forces on their students because they had to suffer through it when they were in grad school. At the end of the day though, I am happy for that. It ... Read full review

Review: Classical Electrodynamics

User Review  - Willkindel - Goodreads

this book is pain. Read full review


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