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So I'm taking analytical mechanics next semester. The textbook they use is Thornton and Marion's "Classical Dynamics of Particles and Systems".

I want to learn it all this month. It is feasible, but extenuating. But there is another option.

I could read Robert Fitzpatrick's Newtonian Dynamics http://farside.ph.utexas.edu/teaching/336k/Newton/index.html which is shorter, and probably contains the same topics. This book is recommended by Gerard t'Hooft's page on "How to become a good theoretical physicist".

Which one should I choose considering my hasty plans?

One drawback I consider from Fitzpatrick's book is that it contains only a small section on Hamiltonian and Lagrangian mechanics and it appears only till the end, while on Thornton and Marion, you are presented with it in the first 1/5 of the book, and I guess uses it till the end.

Suggestions?

Thanks.

I want to learn it all this month. It is feasible, but extenuating. But there is another option.

I could read Robert Fitzpatrick's Newtonian Dynamics http://farside.ph.utexas.edu/teaching/336k/Newton/index.html which is shorter, and probably contains the same topics. This book is recommended by Gerard t'Hooft's page on "How to become a good theoretical physicist".

Which one should I choose considering my hasty plans?

One drawback I consider from Fitzpatrick's book is that it contains only a small section on Hamiltonian and Lagrangian mechanics and it appears only till the end, while on Thornton and Marion, you are presented with it in the first 1/5 of the book, and I guess uses it till the end.

Suggestions?

Thanks.

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