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Classical Dynamics of Particles and Systems

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  404 ratings  ·  13 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, 660 pages
Published July 7th 2003 by Cengage Learning (first published 1970)
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Mohamed IBrahim
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: physics

This is the most popular book used in introducing classical mechanics (non-Newtonian approach) for physics undergraduate courses. the book is good as an introductory book but cannot be used alone as the need to be supplemented by lectures is necessary. The organization of the book is a big issue. it gives an intro to the calculus of variation in Chapter 6 and oscillation in chapter 3, what is the hell was the author thinking when he did this?

the important thing at this level is the introduction
Mar 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing
If you complete every problem in this book you will pass your classical mechanics Ph.D. qualifying exam. I promise.
May 14, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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!
Tim Robishaw
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Para echar un vistazo a los ejercicios no está mal pero los desarrollos teóricos no consiguen que llegues a entender las formulaciones lagrangiana y hamiltoniana, probablemente porque trata de exponerlas demasiado rápido y no las dedica el espacio necesario, además están muy simplificadas. El Goldstein es mucho más formal y explica todo mucho mejor, lo malo que si no has cursado antes la asignatura puedes verte perdido por falta de algún ejemplo o ejercicio resuelto en algunos puntos.
Jun 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sciences, favorites
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
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science
Not suitable as an undergrad text book in my opinion. I consistently got confused in later chapters by either vague wording and a rather tedious mathematical formalism (too many summations and indices where not needed in my experience).

It is also not appropriate for digital use and has a format that's uneasy on the eyes compared to more modern textbooks.
Sep 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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 (^^,)
Jul 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Muy bueno

Nathaniel Shim
Jun 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Found old text book. good read again more exams :(
bamdad Hosseini
Apr 08, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Mar 01, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  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.
Jul 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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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.
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