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Classical Dynamics of Particles and Systems

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  181 ratings  ·  11 reviews
This best-selling classical mechanics text, written for the advanced undergraduate one- or two-semester course, provides a complete account of the classical mechanics of particles, systems of particles, and rigid bodies. Vector calculus is used extensively to explore topics.The Lagrangian formulation of mechanics is introduced early to show its powerful problem solving abi ...more
Hardcover, 672 pages
Published July 7th 2003 by Cengage Learning (first published 1970)
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Ugh. Why is this book the standard for undergrad mechanics? I guess Goldstein could be a bit much and Landau is kind of lacking in terms of examples. But, ugh, I say. Uuuuuugghhh!
If you complete every problem in this book you will pass your classical mechanics Ph.D. qualifying exam. I promise.
The approach to particle dynamics at this level marks the first exposure for a physics student to a completely self-contained physical theory. And in this particular book, the presentation is as much an aesthetic accomplishment as didactic. With modern notation in stunning typeset, Thornton and Marion guide the student from the most rudimentary linear dynamics of single particles in inertial frames to chaotic oscillations to Hamiltonian dynamics and the study of rigid bodies based upon Eulerian ...more
Mohamed Ibrahim
one of the worst academic text you can find
to be honest some chapters were good but some other like central force chapter wass horrible
I think we can use this book for revision and for getting problems ( which is good ) not for a primary textbook for any classical mechanics course
Oct 05, 2007 Nadia rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who r really interested in classical mechanics
this book going 2 b da same...i'll really need it soon n of cos wil b by my side almost all da time during study week..hehe..perhaps..emm..look at what they hv comment on this's helpful..s long s u know d best way 2 use it..of cos (^^,)
bamdad Hosseini
May 15, 2010 bamdad Hosseini rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: physics students
its a great text book. most of the chapters are described well in detail except the third chapter which is about Variational methods. i think he should have described it more. the exercises are good
Jul 01, 2008 Jon rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: physics
The fourth edition is outstanding, I used it in my undergraduate mechanics courses, and still use it as a reference. Not as comprehensive as Goldsmith, but more comprehensible.
Mar 01, 2009 Astrila rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Recommended to Astrila by: UNM
Shelves: read-non-fiction
It was just okay... not always clear. There are probably better books out there, but it's not the worst either.
Feb 03, 2008 Scott added it
I used an older edition of this for my undergrad mechanics course.
Nathaniel Shim
Found old text book. good read again more exams :(
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