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An Introduction to Mechanics by Daniel Kleppner and Robert J. Kolenkowby bcrowell Tags: None 

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Jan2013, 02:21 PM

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Table of Contents: 1. Vectors and kinematics  a few mathematical preliminaries 2. Newton's laws  the foundations of Newtonian mechanics 3. Momentum 4. Work and energy 5. Some mathematical aspects of force and energy 6. Angular momentum and fixed axis rotation 7. Rigid body motion and the conservation of angular momentum 8. Noninertial systems and fictitious forces 9. Central force motion 10. The harmonic oscillator 11. The special theory of relativity 12. Relativistic kinematics 13. Relativistic momentum and energy 14. Fourvectors and relativistic invariance. 



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These days I teach physics for a living, but in 1982 I used this book as a freshman in an honors class. Here are some impressions from going back over the book three decades later.
For a student who really wants to know the whys and wherefores of freshman mechanics, I am not aware of any alternative to this book that is available from the traditional publishers. The bigselling texts like Halliday may carefully derive certain things, but in other cases they just pop an equation onto the page and expect the student to use it without question. However, there are many free, online alternatives these days to the bigbudget commercial texts, and some of these do provide a level of intellectual honesty similar to K&K's. There are many challenging problems that are of very high quality. The focus of these problems is on symbolic rather than numerical computation. The book includes many topics that are not typically included in a freshman text, e.g., nutation, the moment of inertia tensor, and relativistic fourvectors. The book is designed for highly motivated and talented students, at schools with highly selective admissions, who have already taken a rigorous high school physics course, and who have already completed about a year of calculus. It would be a disaster to try to use this book with a less highly selected population. The book shows its age (38 years!) in many ways. It presents various examples of applications of relativity, but they are all extremely old and dusty. Masculine pronouns are used generically. There is no discussion of numerical integration of the equations of motion. Attempts are made to help the student check results of symbolic results, e.g., by giving the output for a specific input, but today this would be far better done using opensource computer software such as LONCAPA. Diagrams show common student lab apparatus from the Sputnik era. The book predates essentially all modern pedagogical research in physics, and it does not do any of the things that that research shows can have an impact on common conceptual difficulties. To my taste, the treatment of special relativity is dreary and slavishly traditional, with too little geometrical insight. Although the book is overpriced, there is a used market, and since the book hasn't changed in 38 years, students can buy a used copy without worrying about compatibility. 



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Jan2113, 05:10 AM

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I came across this wonderful book in the library by chance. I had already read Halliday and Resnick then. Kleppner and Kolenkow is one of my favourite books. Right up there with the Feynman lectures. Just thinking about it makes me happy. I hope to own a copy one day:)




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Jan2113, 05:14 AM

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An Introduction to Mechanics by Daniel Kleppner and Robert J. Kolenkow 



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Jan2113, 05:17 AM

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Edit: Hmm, seems to be not terrible actually at USD 45. I somehow remembered it as USD 300! 



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Feb2613, 01:23 AM

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I've been using this book to teach myself classical mechanics, and I love it!




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Feb2613, 01:27 AM

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#11
Feb2613, 01:12 PM

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I've really been considering looking into this book. A few months ago I came across an old edition (early 60's) of Halliday & Resnick's combined Physics vol III. It is an enjoyable book to work through, but I often wonder if I would be getting more out of a book like Kleppner and Kolenkow's. I am a mechanical engineering student and do wish to really get a solid foundation on these topics. Any thoughts?




#12
Feb2613, 01:40 PM

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I used this book for a course that used Alonso and Finn, I never looked at Alonso and Finn. :)
Though I didn't do every exercise in the book, the exercises I did do were nice and interesting. And some still ask me questions on my posts I did on the assignments back from 20062007, (67 years :), time passes by). 



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Apr1213, 08:23 AM

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I happened to look at its treatment of relativity just now, to see how it handles "relativistic mass." It does introduce "relativistic mass" in connection with relativistic momentum. However, in practice it almost always uses "rest mass" from that point on in derivations, examples, and exercises, usually (but not always) labeling it as m_{0} and identifying it as "rest mass." This is for the 1973 version; has it changed at all? 



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Apr1213, 08:27 AM

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I have the 2010 copy jtbell and it doesn't look any different from the older edition as far as I can tell. It may be my bias leaking in here but considering it's the greatest mechanics textbook ever written I doubt there was much reason to change anything in the older copy :D.




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Apr2913, 02:42 PM

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The relativity section needs to be updated:
include spacetime and energymomentum diagrams [instead of just "spatial" diagrams] and dump ict. Except for that, it is a great textbook. 



#17
Jun2613, 02:50 PM

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Please consider CLASSICAL MECHANICS by John Taylor. Check out the reviews on Amazon.com they are phenomenal. I ordered the book recently and have gone thru the 1st 3 chapters so far. All the reviews on this textbook are true! It is EXCELLENT!
(While in college many yrs ago we were brought up with MECHANICS by Keith Symon. The problems are next to impossible to solve which can be VERY discouraging.) 



#18
Aug513, 11:08 AM

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Would this book be appropriate for someone that is fairly advanced mathematically (calculus on level of Apostol/Spivak, some diff. geometry, analysis 1, abstract algebra 1&2, etc.), but has never taken a physics course?



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