Well, I took a junior level classical mechanics course. We used Marion (the 4th edition). I guess I’m retarded or something because it just didn’t make a whole lot of sense to me… My professor didn’t help much either (most students “got him” but he just didn’t mesh with my learning style)… Anyway, I got a charity pass despite my terrible exam scores, but I know I didn’t learn a damn thing… I’m taking some time off right now, but when I go back to school, I’d like to really “get it” because I want to go to grad. school someday. I’m not a dumb person – I usually do okay, but not with classical mechanics at this intermediate level! Would the Taylor book be a good thing to try? I’ve heard a lot of good things about it (like that it sort of reviews a lot of the needed math in detail which would be great cause it’s been a while), but I don’t want to waste my money unless you guys think it is a good book. It doesn’t have to be Taylor; I’m open to suggestions. Please note that I’m going to be using it for self-study, so it really needs to be clear and have lots of worked problems and/or an available solutions manual (or at least be Cramster supported so I can look at the solutions to make sure I’m catching on). Please, no recommendations for 1st year books. I have a good one for reference plus I did okay at that level but now need a more rigorous book which includes that Hamiltonian and Lagrangian stuff and the necessary background to prep me for things like Goldstein (the mere thought of which scares me with my current lack of comprehension)… Please, no arrogant cocky responses from mechanics geniuses who sailed through intermediate mechanics and beyond… Responses from nice understanding educators and/or more advanced students who first struggled but finally “got it” are very appreciated!