Learning Lagrangian Mechanics

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My background is electrical engineering, but I've recently become fascinated with the principle of least action. I've gone to library to look at a few books on the subject, but I've quickly become overwhelmed.

Is there a good book/video lectures on Lagrangian Mechanics for somebody who knows calculus, but is not a mathematician. I've never had a course in Abstract Algebra, Set Theory, Manifolds, etc. Perhaps something aimed at undergraduates. I learn best through examples, so worked out problems are a plus!
 

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Leonard Susskind's video lectures on classical mechanics (which you can find on youtube) and L. D. Landau's book Mechanics.
 
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The Feynman lectures have an excellent (rather math free) introduction to the principle of least action. I think it was in volume II (electrodynamics).
 
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I would second the recommendation for Landau, however if you need help with the calculus of variations I'd look at Boas's Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences, chapter 9.
 
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Try both Jose/Saletan and Landau if you have the money.
 

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