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Classical Need a Classical Mechanics book that covers these topics

  1. Aug 6, 2016 #1
    I'm a freshman in Computer Engineering at a university. I have a Classical Mechanics course that will cover these topics:

    Newton's law of motion
    Vector Algebra
    Equilibrium of bodies
    Plane Trusses
    First moment of area, centroid, etc.
    Calculation of virtual displacement and virtual work
    Work-energy theorem, principle of conservation of energy, principles of momentum, etc.
    Dynamics of rigid bodies

    My only other experience with physics is my honors physics class in high school around 3 years ago. Should I just be looking for a general college physics textbook or do I need something more specific? As far as math skills, I'm currently taking a Calculus 1 course.
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  3. Aug 6, 2016 #2
    Ohanian's "Physics for Scientists and engineers" 3rd edition covers it.
  4. Aug 6, 2016 #3
    Thanks, I'll check it out.
  5. Aug 6, 2016 #4
    I highly recommend Savov for your purpose

    There is a good preview available here - I think you will like it. It is a great book.
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  6. Aug 7, 2016 #5
    Wow, this seems perfect for me! I can hit two birds with one stone as well. Thanks!
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  7. Aug 8, 2016 #6
    You can check Goldstein's "Classical Mechanics " its one of the best we got in classical mechanics!
  8. Aug 8, 2016 #7


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    I doubt that Goldstein is the right book, given the list of topics and the OP's background.
  9. Aug 8, 2016 #8
    Well for some topics you are right it isn't!!
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  11. Aug 8, 2016 #10


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    I don't think "Plane trusses" is covered by Ohanian, Savov, or Goldstein.
    I don't think "virtual displacement and virtual work" is covered by Ohanian or Savov.
    These two topics, plus the rest of the listed topics, are treated in an "Engineering Mechanics"-type textbook.
    If you are looking for a text that treats the other topics listed, then you could consider what has been suggested... although I agree with the other recent posts that Goldstein is probably not appropriate.
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