Classical MechanicsJohn Taylor has brought to his new book, Classical Mechanics, all of the clarity and insight that made his Introduction to Error Analysis a bestselling text. Classical Mechanics is intended for students who have studied some mechanics in an introductory physics course and covers such topics as conservation laws, oscillations, Lagrangian mechanics, twobody problems, noninertial frames, rigid bodies, normal modes, chaos theory, Hamiltonian mechanics, and continuum mechanics. A particular highlight is the chapter on chaos, which focuses on a few simple systems, to give a truly comprehensible introduction to the concepts that we hear so much about. At the end of each chapter is a large selection of interesting problems for the student, classified by topic and approximate difficulty, and ranging from simple exercises to challenging computer projects. Taylor's Classical Mechanics is a thorough and very readable introduction to a subject that is four hundred years old but as exciting today as ever. He manages to convey that excitement as well as deep understanding and insight. 
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User Review  daschaich  LibraryThingThe Unhappy Medium: Taylor's book isn't bad. However, it does have some problems, the chief one being verbosity. As other reviewers have mentioned, Taylor often uses quite a few words to say not very ... Read full review
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Contents
Newtons Laws of Motion  3 
Projectiles and Charged Particles  43 
Momentum and Angular Momentum  83 
Energy  105 
Oscillations  161 
Calculus of Variations  215 
Lagranges Equations  237 
TwoBody CentralForce Problems  293 
Coupled Oscillators and Normal Modes  417 
Nonlinear Mechanics and Chaos  457 
Hamiltonian Mechanics  521 
Collision Theory  557 
Special Relativity  595 
Continuum Mechanics  681 
appendix Diagonalizing Real Symmetric Matrices  739 
Further Reading  747 
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