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Thoughts about Keith R Symon's textbook

  1. Aug 22, 2014 #1
    Hello there, I am an undergraduate student in my final year. I have been using classical mechanics by John R Taylor, which I should say I have absolutely enjoyed working through so far. I now feel I am prepared for a slightly more challenging set of problems and mathematical rigour. My professor suggested to me this textbook, https://www.amazon.com/Mechanics-3rd-Edition-Keith-Symon/dp/0201073927.
    Having never used nor heard of this book(no offence intended to enthusiasts, if any at all :smile:), I would greatle appreciate your thoughts about this book. I thank you all in advance.
     
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  3. Aug 22, 2014 #2

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  4. Aug 22, 2014 #3
    I have worked through M&T in a lot of detail. I am only left with the problems from continous systems and special relativity. The aim is to work through Goldstein's as soon as possible. I felt I needed an abridgement before I begin Goldstein's. Do you reckon M&T would be enough? Can I start Goldstein's if I have worked through M&T and Taylor's?
     
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  5. Aug 22, 2014 #4

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    I think you'll have no problem if you try hard enough. You won't need to cover all chapters of the Goldstein though because the chapters on canonical transformations, Hamilton-Jacobi theory, Chaos and Perturbation theory are not part of standard courses on classical mechanics.
     
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  7. Aug 28, 2014 #6
    Thank you Alan, I will go through this book.

    @Shyan: The intention is to go into the very heart of classical mechanics. I want to have a well hardened foundation before I start solid mechanics and Quantum mechanics. However, I appreciate your advice.
     
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  8. Oct 9, 2014 #7
    Symon is a good classical mechanics textbook at roughly the same level as Marion and Thornton. I recommend it. It may be a little harder to find than Marion. I used it to for my qualifying exam in the 1970's. It is not as well known these days but your professor was right to recommend it.
     
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