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Classical Alternative to Kleppner & kolenkow problems

  1. Feb 2, 2016 #1
    Hey all,

    I'm loving an Introduction to Mechanics, but I'm finding the problems in the book are quite hard. Is there another book I could do for intro problems?

    I'd still like to do the problems in an introduction to mechanics, but I need some easier problems as a base
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  3. Feb 2, 2016 #2


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    The next step "down" from K&K is occupied by lots of calculus-based intro physics books: Halliday/Resnick/Walker, Young/Freedman, etc. Maybe also French's "Newtonian Mechanics", although I think that might be more like K&K.
  4. Feb 3, 2016 #3
    Try doing the problems from Resnick and Halliday first. The difficult quotations m questions in this book will lead you to the harder ones in Kleppner more gradually.
  5. Feb 3, 2016 #4
    Just the answer I was looking for. Thanks for the advice and hopefully I can get everything figured out. Klepner is hard but invigorating when you finally understand it.

  6. Feb 5, 2016 #5
    I was never very good at Physics and found their problems quite inaccessible, even though I'm good at Maths. But, a similar source of problems is David Morin's book about Classical Mechanics. Check it out.
  7. Feb 6, 2016 #6
    Maybe Try Taylors book? I liked how he beat the explanations to death.
  8. Feb 7, 2016 #7


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    Morin's problems are annoying, and depend on trickery to solve more often than not. I doubt this will help him.

    I wouldn't do that, Taylor is where you should go after K&K.
  9. Feb 7, 2016 #8
    I can see that. Maybe I found Taylor easier than K&K because I had the math background. I had already completed 3 semesters of Calculus , 2 books on Linear Algebra, Discrete Math, and completed Geometry by Moise. But I did like the extra explanations Taylor provided and I felt that K&K could have maybe explained some topics a bit more.

    Upon pointing this out, I may retract my statement. I am a Math major and not a physics major. So excuse my bad suggestion OP.
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