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on 13 June 2000
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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on 9 March 2014
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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on 14 February 2013
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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on 14 March 2013
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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VINE VOICEon 22 December 2013
* 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. 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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on 26 June 2015
Essential book for those furthering from first year undergraduate mechanics.
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on 1 November 2015
A challenging subject, but a good well written book!
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on 9 February 2015
what you need for doing a degree in physics
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on 13 December 2015
Ideal for degree level mechanics
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on 13 November 2014
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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