I'm an EE student and I am going to take modern physics next semester, and then would like to take classical mechanics. I was enrolled for about a half week in a classical mechanics class but it seemed really hardcore and I wasn't prepared for it. (The first homework problem was: Describe the motion of a perfectly flexible cable that falls off a table, what?) My question is how to best prepare for this class? My previous classes in mechanics haven't been very good. Should I read K&K's introduction to mechanics? Should I try to get through Classical Dynamics by Marion and Thornton by myself? My preparation in mathematics should be good enough, I have taken Linear Algebra, Diff eq, Calc 3. Although I am a bit rusty on trig substitutions and performing the integrals.