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Learning the Lagrangian/Hamiltonian

  1. Oct 10, 2009 #1
    Hi all,
    I am taking undergrad classical mechanics this semester and we are using Thorton and Marrions Classical Dynamics book. It's rather terse IMO, and I am looking for some supplementary material to help learn L+H with. What does everybody recommend here?
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  3. Oct 10, 2009 #2


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    I used Taylor's "Classical Mechanics." It probably is not the most rigorous Classical Mechanics text around, but it is extremely well written and great for a first exposure to Calculus of Variations, and Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Mechanics.

    Taylor is a great writer and explains things very well. I consider it the "Griffith's E&M" of Classical Mechanics texts.
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  5. Oct 11, 2009 #4
    Thanks guys!
  6. Oct 11, 2009 #5
    I'll second Taylor's book. I bought it to supplement Marion and Thornton in my classical mechanics class, and there were many concepts that were explained MUCH better in Taylor.
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