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  • Paperback: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Icp; 5th Revised edition edition (3 Jun. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860944353
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860944352
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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Classical Mechanics by T Kibble and F Berkshire is tailor-made for budding theoreticians. It lays the groundwork for relativity and quantum theory, quickly progressing beyond Newtonian mechanics to the alternative formulations of Joseph Lagrange and William Hamilton. --New Scientist

[...] the student who requires a good book on the older aspects of Classical Mechanics together with a brief introduction to newer ideas will find the third edition useful. --Contemporary Physics

This volume, by Kibble and Berkshire, has proved to be a successful book ... the written content and presentation are all excellent. --European Journal of Physics

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This well established text, now in its fourth edition, continues to set out the fundamental principles of the mechanics of particles and rigid bodies, with new added features.
Classical Mechanics now includes two new chapters on the qualitative geometrical features of dynamical systems, and on the distinction between regular and chaotic motion. The book assumes some prior acquaintance with the elementary concepts, but begins with a review of these first principles. Needed results on vectors are summarized in an appendix. Those features of classical mechanics, which are of importance in other branches of physics, particularly the conservation laws and symmetries, are highlighted.
Key Features of this edition include-
- Two new chapters on dynamical systems and their geometry, and on order and chaos
- A wide range of problems with answers. In this edition, the more demanding problems are starred.
- Two new appendices- on conic sections and on the classification of the behaviour of a dynamical system near a critical point
- Emphasis on the basic principles of wide applicability
- End of chapter summaries
- A comprehensive index and list of symbols

Classical Mechanics is written for undergraduate students of physics. It assumes some previous knowledge of the basic concepts and reasonable familiarity with differential and integral calculus.
Tom Kibble is Professor of Theoretical Physics, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London, UK, and a Fellow of the Royal Society. He has published many articles on theoretical particle physics and cosmology. Frank Berkshire is also at the Imperial College. He is Senior Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Mathematics, and has published on dynamical systems, waves and fluids. Both authors have long experience of lecturing to physics students. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This book is a perfect guide for an undergraduate student in either mathematics or physics. Many good books have been written dealing mainly with quantum mechanics and many physics students seem to have no real knowledge of classical mechanics. This book tries to restore the balance. The earlier chapters cover the topics of rigid bodies, the Lagrangian and Hamilitonian approach to mechanics, while in this later edition a few new chapters deal with Dynamical systems, order and chaos (which only add to the strength of this book) The refreshing thing about this book is that, unlike many textbooks it is easy to follow through private study which is a credit to the authors.
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This book was a classic anyway to any physics student and this edition is up to the same high standard of any previous editions.
The new material (dynamical systems etc) is treated well and with the rigor we'd expect, there are also numerous examples and problems provided, some with solutions.
For anyone wanting a good grounding in the principles and techniques of Classical Mechanics this book can be thoroughly recommended.
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This is a thought-provoking textbook on Mechanics that compliments the more traditional Mathematics approach. It feels closer to Physics than is usual, but that said, it certainly shows what a lot can be done with a little calculus. Strongly recommended for anyone interested in Theoretical Physics.
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Sometimes a bit quick to advance through a topic so be sure to fully understand EVERYTHING before moving on. This book would benefit from being printed in a slightly larger text.
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A wonderful (if one can use such a term about physics) book. It opened my eyes to the Hamiltonian for the first time. A very very good text for physics undergraduates.
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* Physical

This book is very well bound on beautiful to touch quality paper and has clear - sized text. And the book is printed with B&W text and graphs.

* Target audience;, A -level, H.N.D, Undergraduate, Post Graduate?

This book is - in my humble opinion - a very well coordinated and designed book with a remit to cover and explain much of the middle - ground in Mechanics. This is above A -level introductory and in the Applied Math of say first and second year Math degree or Second year degree engineering. The book is written in a mathematically concise short - hand that you appreciate the more you progress into the book. The book goes over - and - over the ground in many ways that covers topics as Angular Momentum, Kinetic and Potential energies, Conservative forces, Three Dimensional Integration's, very, very well. The later parts, such as Lagrangian Mechanics, and Hamiltonian Mechanics a seem to be tacked - on to say they cover these topics, but its very much with reduced depth of abilities to explain.

* Topics covered

Introduction, Linear Motion, Energy and Angular Motion, Central Conservative Forces, Rotating Frames, Potential Theory, The Two - Body Problem, Many Body Systems, Rigid Bodies, Lagrangian Mechanics, Small Oscillations and Normal Modes, Hamiltonian mechanics, Dynamic Systems and their Geometry, Order and Chaos in Hamiltonian Systems, Appendix: A Vectors, B Conics, C Phase Plane Analysis near Critical Points, D Discrete Dynamical Systems Maps

A really nice touch is a list of symbols pages xvii-xx

* Comments

I have enjoyed reading this book very much. Both in the Mathematical short - hand, which is a great skill to learn in its self.
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Essential book for those furthering from first year undergraduate mechanics.
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