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5.0 out of 5 stars Classical Mechanics at its best
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...
Published on 13 Jun 2000

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6 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK for timid students
I recommend Hand and Finch above this book, but for a student who only wants 2nd-year-level exposition, Kibble and B might be preferred. The contents are bland and ordinary and straightforward, and at times wrong. For example, K+B perpetuate the nonsense that gyroscopic effects are important when a bicycle is going round a corner. Anyone who has ridden a scooter,...
Published on 20 Sep 2000 by David MacKay


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5.0 out of 5 stars Classical Mechanics at its best, 13 Jun 2000
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Carefully written to cover the middle ground of Mechanics, 22 Dec 2013
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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

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I have enjoyed reading this book very much. Both in the Mathematical short - hand, which is a great skill to learn in its self. And also the manner in which the book has been sculpted - I. m. h. o - from feedback from the target audience of students. There are no dead ends. Its very well explained with a great sense of continuity. Can I add that the book has answers to the set questions in the back of the book. The price of the book is a great incentive to buy it, and I think I have bought a useful book to help me within a corner-stone of Applied mathematics. Its a good stepping - stone to more advanced areas of mechanics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A different perspective, 9 Mar 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best in the bunch., 14 Mar 2013
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars A ggod text book, 14 Feb 2013
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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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6 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK for timid students, 20 Sep 2000
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I recommend Hand and Finch above this book, but for a student who only wants 2nd-year-level exposition, Kibble and B might be preferred. The contents are bland and ordinary and straightforward, and at times wrong. For example, K+B perpetuate the nonsense that gyroscopic effects are important when a bicycle is going round a corner. Anyone who has ridden a scooter, or bikes with very light wheels, indeed any bike at all, will know this is rubbish. The fact that they get this wrong makes me mistrust the whole of the rest of the book. Go with Hand and Finch. H+F is cheaper and takes you to graduate level!
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