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This book assumes that you are familiar with classical mechanics, and I thought that I was, but soon found that I needed a much more solid grounding in Newtonian methods.
I did manage to get to the end of the first chapter, and answer many of the problems. Lots of worked examples would have helped a great deal, if only to help drive home the important points. I felt like I was being led somewhere, without having been told the destination, so I had no way to tell what was vitally important and what was merely incidental.
The only worked example was right at the end of the chapter. Unfortunately, it was not posed as a question, so there was no way I could try to answer it myself first. Again, the feeling of being led somewhere, without knowing where.
I eventually stopped reading this book, for the time being, having decided to backtrack to something more basic. I would prefer Lagrangian mechanics to appear well into a book, rather than thrust upon me on the third page.
So I am now working on "Classical Mechanics" by Kibble and Berkshire. No Lagrangian mechanics until chapter 10, and I hope that after studying this chapter I will feel ready to return to Hand and Finch.