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K&K First Chapter - Is it necessary?

  1. Jun 27, 2014 #1
    I have been reading the first chapter of K&K which is one the mathematical preliminaries supposedly and it includes lots of examples of applications of vectors/kinematics and so forth. I am about 2/3 of the way throughout it (into plane polar coordinates) and it seems as though it is just example after example. I feel I am comfortable with the mathematics because I have studied it before this book. The author says at one point that it is really to get you versed in the mathematics of vectors so I was wondering if it would be ok to advance in the book and whether it would hinder me greatly to not have rigorously studied every example in the prelim chapter.

    Are the physics concepts in the prelim chapters covered again? Could I just refer back to it if necessary later on in the book? What are your experiences and thoughts on this chapter?

    It's not that it hasn't been interesting but it feels cluttered and I am just eager to go onto the next chapter on the newtons laws - foundations of newtonian mechanics. Thanks for any feedback. If I really have to do the prelims I will because I want to study this book either way but it would be good to go to the next chapter if possible.

    P.s. I am not so much talking about encountering problems in the next chapter but more so the chances of having issues late run the book. The reason for this is because I have studied a small amount in Kibbles 'Classical Mechanics'.
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2014
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  3. Jun 27, 2014 #2


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    I skipped chapter 1 completely and never once needed it when working through the rest of the book.

    You can just refer back to it when necessary. It's just boring math in my opinion.
  4. Jun 27, 2014 #3
    Ok, great. Thanks. I have gone onto the next chapter since I started the thread just to get an idea as to what it was like and it seems to be written in a clear way. I will give it a go.
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