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I want to start reading Griffiths electrodynamics during my holidays. But I am not sure of the math I need to know to start reading and understand the text thoroughly. So any advice would be thoroughly appreciated.

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Griffith's first chapter is devoted entirely to the mathematics required for the book (which is more-or-less multivariate calculus) –  Kyle Kanos Jun 6 at 13:31
    
I have read griffiths math chapters but I'm not happy with them. I am asking for proper math textbooks –  user34304 Jun 6 at 14:04
    
You have to know vector calculus. –  Arafat Jun 6 at 14:35
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If you're not happy with Griffith's first chapter, then you are not going to be happy with his textbook, as he uses the math from that section throughout his book (hence including it in there). –  Kyle Kanos Jun 6 at 14:43
    
Can you get through "Div, Grad, Curl, and all that". Griffith uses nice symmetries and angles, values, etc. in the examples and problems. I was able to do the whole book (for a friend considering it for a course) without putting pencil to paper, and I'm no math wizard. –  C. Towne Springer Jun 6 at 14:44
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Go through the first math chapter in the textbook and everything you do not understand look up online or, my recomendation, in this textbook. The textbook is really good and covers everything you will ever need in undergrad studies.

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Boyce and DiPrima's Elementary Differential Equations should be enough. You could also try Kreyszig's Advanced Engineering Mathematics, although the whole book is not necessary.

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I think Boyce DiPrima is overkill, unless you've got time enough. –  jinawee Jun 6 at 14:51
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