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Self Study book for Classical Mechanics?

  1. Dec 1, 2009 #1
    I'm looking to find a cheap and short intro to the minimum knowledge of Classical Mechanics(Hamilton/Lagrange formulations) you need to know to understand properly Quantum Mechanics. Any recommendations? I'm not worried about it being too rigorous or in depth since I will take a full class in the subject later on.

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  3. Dec 2, 2009 #2
    Schaums outline series (Schaum's Outline of Lagrangian Dynamics )
  4. Dec 3, 2009 #3
    Classical Mechanics- Gregory
    Classical Mechanics- Kibble (slightly higher level)
    http://farside.ph.utexas.edu/teaching/336k/Newton.pdf" [Broken]
    Classical Mechanics-Taylor
    Analytical Mechanics- Hand, Finch
    http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Advanced_Classical_Mechanics" [Broken]
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  5. Dec 5, 2009 #4


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    Landau ad Lifschitz - very concise

    Fetter and Walecka (on mechanics, not their many-body text)

    All you need to know is
    Poisson brackets in classical mechanics = Commutator in QM
    Lagrangian is just principle of least action like for classical optics
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