Self Study book for Classical Mechanics?

In summary, if you are looking for a short and inexpensive introduction to the minimum knowledge of Classical Mechanics needed to understand Quantum Mechanics, some recommendations include the Schaums outline series, Classical Mechanics by Gregory, and Classical Mechanics by Kibble. Other resources include Classical Mechanics by Taylor, Analytical Mechanics by Hand and Finch, Advanced Classical Mechanics on Wikiversity, and Landau and Lifshitz's concise text. It is important to understand Poisson brackets in classical mechanics and how they relate to commutators in QM, as well as the principle of least action in Lagrangian mechanics.
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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.

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