- Hardcover: 672 pages
- Publisher: Brooks Cole; 5 edition (July 7, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0534408966
- ISBN-13: 978-0534408961
- Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1.2 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 100 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Classical Dynamics of Particles and Systems 5th Edition
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About the Author
Stephen Thornton is Professor of Physics at the University of Virginia. He has over 130 research publications in experimental nuclear physics and has done research at several accelerator facilities in the United States and Europe. He has directed the research for 25 graduate students. He has held two U.S. Senior Fulbright-Hays Fellowships and a Max-Planck Fellowship to do research at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg, Germany on two occasions. He was the founding Director of the University of Virginia Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics. He has published three college textbooks for physics: "Classical Dynamics" and "Modern Physics" (both published with Brooks Cole, a part of Cengage Learning), and "Physics for Scientists and Engineers." He is currently Director of the Master of Arts in Physics Education program at the University of Virginia, which has graduated more than 70 high school physics teachers. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a member of several organizations including American Association of Physics Teachers, American Association for the Advancement of Science, National Science Teachers Association, Virginia Association of Science Teachers (past President), and the Virginia Math and Science Coalition. He has developed multiple courses for undergraduate students and high school physics teachers.
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Presently as I go through the text in preparation for the final with an increased maturity in the subject, I can see its flaws more clearly. The notation used throughout the book is inconsistent (such as the use of T or K almost randomly for Kinetic Energy), examples are not thorough, and the explanation of basic physics is convoluted. In short, using this book as an introduction to classical mechanics without the assistance of an experienced professor is almost impossible.
Being an introductory course, the Lagrangian and Hamiltonian methods were only touched upon as a primer for later classes. I purchased my copy of the book in used condition and have not had any problems with the binding, although the price does seem extravagant.
- : Very few physical concepts. Often complicates concepts. End of chapter problems can be unnecessarily tedious. Special relativity is presented poorly.
I would say this book is a good way of training yourself to "read" physics texts. The long computations may benefit some, while frustrate others. I don't think this text does a good job of providing physical concepts or stressing what is important; it's up to the reader to figure that out which makes the text a difficult read if one is unaccustomed to such a style. It certainly has a colder "classical" feel to it, which may be appealing to some, and unappealing to others. I often found myself researching the physical "insights" the authors would mention and felt dissatisfied with their explanations. This text may prove to have helped me more in the long run, but I feel unsatisfied with the amount of "physics" information I extracted from this book.
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Of course, it is a textbook written by some genius. What do you expect?
The chapters that are helpful are 11 to 15.Read more