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This book is out of print, but if you can find it and you are a student of theoretical mechanics, it is very much worth it. Theoretical mechanics is a complex field, and incorporates a good deal of linear algebra, calculus, differential equations, and in some cases even some differential geometry. Thus you should have your statics, dynamics, and undergraduate mathematics complete before you even think about tackling this material. The explanations that come with the text are quite good and outperform any textbook with a triple digit price tag I have ever seen. If you are taking a course in this subject, it is an essential purchase. The contents of the outline are as follows:
This book is on a level somewhere between undergrad and graduate level mechanics. It will be VERY useful to students in either capacity. It is an absolute tragedy that Schaum has stopped publishing it. Engineering students of dynamics will equally profit from this book. It would also be great for reviewing for prelim's/qualifiers.
I'm a huge fan of Murray Spiegel's writing. He has a way of cutting through to the heart of the matter and then explaining and demonstrating applications. It's not that I'm against theory; it's just that I don't feel comfortable until I've solved real problems with real-world numbers and units. This book gets you to that level quickly. Of course, you learn more when you have to figure out more for yourself, but sometimes time is of the essence. When I took a course out of Goldstein's Classical Mechanics, the professor used problems out of this book by Speigel to illustrate points. (He didn't admit that; we just figured out what was going on.)
BTW, an intermediate undergrad book that also tends to make this subject easy is Becker's book. That book being out of print is yet another tragedy.
Since you're looking for books on mechanics, I have to mention one more classic: Symon's Mechanics. That book, however, is the direct opposite of a Schaum's Outline.Read more ›
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