Conceptual derivation of (classical mechanical) energy?
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May13-10, 06:36 AM
I find the most successful learning method is recursive. I call it a spiral. Only (a coherent)part of a subject is presented on each circuit of the centre. As we move outwards the diameter expands and our knowledge expands and more is presented.
This is why the sort of treatise prepared by a professor is often poor (=heavy going) teaching material but an excellent reference once the subject has been mastered.
I commend you to the little monograph written by M B Glauert, entitled Principles of Dynamics.
This monograph is pitched at about the level you seem to require, and contains many explanatory insights, in particular his explanation of what is meant by a particle when introducing Newton's laws.
Thanks for the advice and the recommendation. I will look for it.