A Quest to Perfectly Understand Classical Mechanics

  1. Hi,
    I'm currently a sophomore at college trying to perfect his understanding of classical mechanics. I finished Taylor's book a while ago, but now once again realized that I still don't understand mechanics all that well. So, I'm going to start from scratch. And dig deep, questioning everything and analyzing everything. But I need help. Not help like that of a teacher who imparts his/her knowledge -- although such help is always welcome. I need active discussion and debate into pretty much everything there is in mechanics. Debate and discussion whose answers maybe both physical and philosophical. From the most specific example to the very general laws. I do not know what to expect, nor do I know how long it will take. I do know that it will be very tedious and very time consuming, and even more so, frustrating. So if anyone is willing to put in the time and the effort at this daunting, but equally rewarding, task , please post here or private message me.

    Objectives of the Project:

    1) To be able to solve any classical mechanics problem.
    2) To solve many classical mechanics problem.
    3) To elaborately and thoroughly explain concepts like Force, Mass, etc via the classical lense
    4) To critically analyze and, if lucky, improve the many classical mechanics arguments.
    5) To see and recreate the slow and elegant growth of classical mechanics from foundational laws to classical models, making sure that every detail is checked, noted, criticized, verified, and simplified.
    6) To read classical nature like a book, and to read that book entirely

    I know that I've emphasized on the classical a bit too much, and yes I do realize there is more to the universe that just the classical point of view. But the classical point of view is, in the end, what started it all. As a physicist, I feel it would be against my soul to not solidly understand this branch. And I am focusing on theory, of course.

    Hope to hear from you soon
    -aLearner
     
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  3. Jano L.

    Jano L. 1,230
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    It is commendable you want to understand basic mechanics well - I recommend it too. But do not overlook other things - electromagnetism, thermodynamics, optics...
     
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