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Classical mechanics reference book

  1. Oct 14, 2009 #1
    Hi All,

    Kindly suggest me an alternative book for "Classical Mechanics by Goldstein". I am finding it little bit difficult to understand so if i can find any alternate book which is little less complicated than Goldstein it will be helpful for me. I am concentrating on the below mentioned topics and particularly to problems in CM:

    Conservation laws; central forces, Kepler problem and planetary motion; collisions and scattering in laboratory and
    centre of mass frames; mechanics of system of particles; rigid body dynamics; moment of inertia tensor; noninertial frames and pseudo
    forces; variational principle; Lagrange’s and Hamilton’s formalisms; equation of motion, cyclic coordinates, Poisson bracket; periodic
    motion, small oscillations, normal modes; special theory of relativity – Lorentz transformations, relativistic kinematics, mass-energy

    Thanks :smile:
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  3. Oct 14, 2009 #2

    George Jones

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  4. Oct 14, 2009 #3
    I would second this book. I used the preprint version when I studied classical mechanics and taught from this for an undergraduate classical mechanics class. As a supplement to Goldstein it would be good. I do not think it covers Poisson Brackets, however.
  5. Oct 15, 2009 #4
    Thanks for reply :)
    Kindly give ur opinion on "Classical Dynamics of Particles and Systems - Marion, Thornton". Does this book serve my purpose which i have mentioned in my first post?? (Becoz i have soft copy of this book, so will it be as helpful as John R Taylor's book?
  6. Oct 15, 2009 #5

    George Jones

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    Marion and Thorton is a standard mechanics book that is a little lower level than Goldstein. If you already have a(n) (illegal?) copy, then you should see if it's useful as a supplement to Goldstein. Poisson brackets are relegated to a single exercise.
  7. Oct 15, 2009 #6
    Thanks George :)
  8. Oct 24, 2009 #7
    A book I'm currently reading is
    Classical Dynamics: A Contemporary Approach- Jose & Saletan

    This is a book at a level between Goldstein and Marsden or Arnold. This book gives a LOT of physical insight, however, I found that the logic can be hard to follow.
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