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Looking for an upper division mechanics book, any suggestions?

  1. May 28, 2013 #1
    As the title says, I'm looking for an approachable upper division mechanics book. I'm starting my upper division come fall, and want to get a head start on this course.

    Sone background: I've taken the traditional mechanics, E&M, and modern physics (light, waves, intro to relativity and quantum) and math including calc 1-3, linear algebra and differential equations. All courses at the lower division level.

    Anyone have any suggestions on a book that my background is suitable for?
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  3. May 28, 2013 #2

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    What book will you be using? Why not that one?
  4. May 28, 2013 #3
    Unfortunately, they don't have books posted yet for the class and won't for some time. I don't know anyone directly who might know as I'm a transfer to university.
  5. May 28, 2013 #4
    Does Upper Division mean Lagrangian / Hamiltonian mechanics?
  6. May 28, 2013 #5
    Looking at the course description, yes.
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    This has been discussed many times before on the forum. You can find tons of relevant threads just by using the search function. Here is another thread to add on to Darth's suggestions if you want to see my opinion on the matter: https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=686877&highlight=mechanics Taylor is used rather ubiquitously amongst US universities for 2nd year mechanics.
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