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  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 7 edition (March 19, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0534494927
  • ISBN-13: 978-0534494926
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #373,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One of the strengths of this text has always been its figures and presentation of the mathematical concepts. The figures are excellent and will help students to gain a feel for the ideas The major strength of this text has always been its thorough presentation of the mathematics. Many texts leave out so many steps in the examples and derivations that students, especially those seeing the applications of differential equations for the first time, find it hard to follow and become discouraged. Incorporating the presentation of new mathematical concepts into the text rather than as supplements helps students to recognize the usefulness of the math. If I were to describe this text I would consider it a good physical overview to dynamics with good supportive explanations of the mathematics involved."

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By William R. Schulkins on January 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book covers the bare minimum for an upper-division course on classical mechanics. It's not much different from other standard texts at this level, however for its price it should come with a personal tutor and a complimentary spa treatment. My biggest beef with this book is that for more than twice the cost (about 3x's if you go by the original price tag of $232.95) of a book like Taylor's it covers almost half as many topics (however I concede that the binding is quite poor on Taylor's book). Its sad that this text stops at Langrangian mechanics and doesn't even offer even a section in that chapter (let alone a separate chapter) on Hamiltonian mechanics.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Stanz on April 12, 2006
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Many books discuss topics well and are good at providing an understanding at a very fundamental level with clear and rigid explanations, but lack the mathematical formalism for advanced study. Other books are far too cryptic and contain nothing but a sea of equations leaving the reader helpless when trying to figure out what came from where. This book is a very good mix of the two. I am about to finish a two semester sequence of Mechanics using this text and I find it does a very good job of explaining theory and ideas along with guiding you through the mathematics that make it all work.

Before this class I had three semesters of Calculus, one semester of Differential Equations, and a semester of Linear Algebra. With this background I found no difficulty whatsoever in interpreting the text, and most of the derivations are pretty straight forward.

There are a fair amount of worked out examples in each chapter, however, I recommend picking up a problem set book with full solutions. It's one thing to know which equations to use to solve a problem, but developing a keen problem-solving skillset requires looking over fully completed examples so that you can get a feel for the thought process.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. Couch on January 31, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a very good undergrad. book on mechanics. Pretty standard in its coverage: newton's laws, oscillating systems, rigid bodies, lagrangian dynamics. The problems are interesting and doable. The notation remains reasonable at this level (better than marion). The section on rigid body motion is better than most books although the section on lagrangian dynamics is less than average (relative to marion, which is great on this LD). There is a good deal of sample problems provided, which is always helpful. Be prepared to solve ODEs, expand functions and work in various coordinate systems. I would put this book in the 80th percentile of the ten or so books that I have studied on this topic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Almukahhal on February 25, 2014
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I have been teaching Classical Mechanics for over 6 years now. Before I started using this textbook, our department was using Marion's Classical Dynamics. Marion's is a very good book, but to most students with low math background (say, up to Calc II) will find it a little difficult to understand. Then I came across this textbook, through a colleague who taught with it. When I started using it, the students instantly liked it and the course ran smoothly afterwards. I have discovered that many other departments in the US use this textbook and prefer it over Marion's. The best part about the book is the easy explanations and the numerous examples that are shown. The list of the problems at the end of each chapter are pretty standard and their level of difficulty is adequate for the undergraduate students at our department.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Adoniram on January 10, 2013
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This book has some interesting commentary at the start of every chapter which gives nice perspective, but the teaching is lacking. The derivations tend to go on and on without much interpretation or explanation, which can leave some confused. The book does not sum up concepts, formulas, or theorems, which can make this a VERY difficult book to study from. Good luck... Hope you have a good teacher.

It's not all bad, but the bad parts are... bad.
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Several of my classmates don't like this text (they general prefer Taylor), but several more praise it with fervor. I'm in the latter category.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rachel West on August 16, 2012
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I used International version, but it's identical to the hardcover so it hardly matters.

The first time I used this book I really did not like my professor, and I thought I hated the book too. Since I felt I had not learned any mechanics, I took the course again with a different professor and I found out I really liked the book after all! I'm one of those people who learns more from the book than from the professor anyway, but its hard to make a solid effort in a class with a poor professor. Once I gave this book an honest try I found I really liked it and could totally understand mechanics. It made perfect sense and was laid out very logically. As a grader later in grad school I was assigned Mechanics and had access to the solutions manual - I learned even more seeing it all worked out! (And to those of you WITH the solutions, for Pete's sake USE them to LEARN, not to copy answers, why are you majoring in physics if you aren't trying to learn physics?! - a helpful message from your grader) Anyway, I love this book now, and see why is it so frequently used. If you make a concerted effort with this book, it WILL pay off.
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