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Hadrian said:I'm taking Classical Mechanics this semester, I haven't had a physics course in 1.5 semesters; I need to know what all of you would say are the best things with which to be familiar to do the best in this class.

It's very difficult for someone who isn't familiar with this specific course to answer the question, because you haven't given any idea of the level of the course or the topics that it covers. Is there a syllabus on line somewhere?

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read over motion equations, oscillatory & wave mechanics....and F=-kx.

and yes you need to remember how to solve DiffQ. So any book on that will suffice even the first year stewart text. You really only need to solve a 2nd order equation.

which is usually sin/cos or e solutions. Also understanding derivatives vs partial derivatives...and how to manipulate them.

and some Moments' fo Inertia may be a good review...though you should learn it in the course....also the conservation laws(which should be in the motion equations)

Hamiltonian/lagrange/rigid bodies/chaotic dynamics should be taught in the class.

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neurocomp2003 said:

read over motion equations, oscillatory & wave mechanics....and F=-kx.

and yes you need to remember how to solve DiffQ. So any book on that will suffice even the first year stewart text. You really only need to solve a 2nd order equation.

which is usually sin/cos or e solutions. Also understanding derivatives vs partial derivatives...and how to manipulate them.

and some Moments' fo Inertia may be a good review...though you should learn it in the course....also the conservation laws(which should be in the motion equations)

Hamiltonian/lagrange/rigid bodies/chaotic dynamics should be taught in the class.

Calculus will kill you from every way in that class. Good luck.

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