This is the book I used for classical mechanics in College. I'm looking through it again, trying to study and really deeply learn the things I winged in my undergrad years, hopefully to take a GRE and go into graduate school.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

I'm having some issues with this text. Often, it will use things like 'Thus' and 'It follows from' and seemingly skip either multiple steps in equations or not explain logically why a certain equation is arrived at. Particularly noticeable in example problems, it often leaves me wondering if its supposed to help or not.

For instance, it gives a mass on an incline force problem early on, and

a = F_{x}/m = g sin (theta)

and

x-x_{0}= h/sin (theta)

(Pretty easy so far, follows from geometry of the problem and force equations with constant acceleration)

Thus,

v^{2}= 2( g sin (theta)) (h/sin (theta)) = 2gh

(and from there I just get lost and end up not wanting to study)

Shouldn't the examples clearly walk me through problems so when I get to the exercises I have a guide? Are all books like this? Is this book doing this or am I just really dumb? Is there a better book I could be learning from?

Thanks.

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# Analytical Mechanics 6th Ed. by Fowles & Cassiday

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