- Hardcover: 734 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (February 4, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521876222
- ISBN-13: 978-0521876223
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.6 x 9.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 40 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This textbook serves as an introduction to standard undergraduate classical mechanics topics, including Newton's laws, energy, momentum, oscillators, rotational dynamics and angular momentum. ... The real value of this book, however, lies in the extensive set of problems and worked solutions that many students tend to crave and as such is sure to be warmly welcomed."
This textbook covers all the standard introductory topics in classical mechanics, as well as exploring more advanced topics. With more than 250 problems with detailed solutions, and over 350 unworked exercises, this is an ideal supplementary text for all levels of undergraduate physics courses in classical mechanics.
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The problem sets are one of the best features of this book. They're challenging. Each problem is given 1 to 3 stars to denote the difficulty level, and the three star problems definitely are difficult. However, there are well written solutions to a large number of the problems included, which is a nice touch. I would highly recommend getting this textbook as a supplement when taking this class, even it if it is only for the extra problems.
This book also has a sense of humor. There are limericks throughout the book, as well as conversational asides that provide clarifications and helpful hints. For example, the section explaining linearity and the superposition principle includes:
"For equations with one main condition
(Those linear), you have permission
To take your solutions,
With firm resolutions,
And add them in superposition."
I wouldn't recommend this as a first college textbook on classical mechanics, though. I think it functions better as a second read on classical mechanics. David Morin's book will help you flesh out the fine details of classical mechanics and really solidify your knowledge.
The chapters themselves are very good, but the problems at the end of the chapters are my favorite part. David Morin did a fantastic job collecting what you would call "cute" problems. The problems will really help you build your problem solving skills. You will be forced to be creative (figuring out how to correctly set up the problem), and systematic (checking limits and such).
I repeat, the material itself is introductory classical mechanics, but the problems are tougher and not "plug and chug" problems and, in my opinion, should be attempted after already learning from an easier textbook and doing easier problems from another textbook.
To reiterate once again...A lot of reviews might complain about this book and give it less stars because they feel like it isn't introductory. However, the material really is standard classical mechanics. The low reviews are, in my opinion, by people who are frustrated by some of the tougher problems and who don't have as strong problem solving skills as they initially thought they did. Buy this book if you are looking to really work out your problem solving skills and are aiming to become a physicist. Those who simply want to learn classical mechanics and do simple "plug and chug" problems will have to look elsewhere.
The examples in the book help you solve the end-of-chapter problems. Many of the worked-out problems are very good preparation for graduate preliminary exams for CM.
It is essential to understand every example problem and worked-out example, and to be able to solve a lot of the solution-less problems as well. When I took CM as a grad student this book came in very handy. It's somewhat more advanced than the more common undergrad CM texts, and introduces a lot of concepts that Goldstein covers in a very obtuse, formalism-laden way. I think this book is very very good preparation for Goldstein. Even if you are past your undergrad class and about to take a Goldstein-based CM class, buy this book and refer to it often. It's only real weakness is the less in-depth coverage of Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics as compared to Goldstein. There is a freely-downloadable extra chapter on Hamiltonians on the author's web site, which helps to make up for this a bit.
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