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by R. Douglas Gregory

  • ISBN: 0521826780
  • Category: Math & Science
  • Author: R. Douglas Gregory
  • Subcategory: Mathematics
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (April 24, 2006)
  • Pages: 608 pages
  • FB2 size: 1602 kb
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  • Rating: 4.2
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Gregory’s Classical Mechanics is a major new textbook for . Douglas Gregory is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Manchester.

Gregory’s Classical Mechanics is a major new textbook for undergraduates in mathe-matics and physics. The book is structured to make learning the subject easy; there is a natural progression from core topics to more advanced ones and hard topics are treated with particular care. A theme of the book is the importance of conservation principles. These appear rst in vectorial mechanics where they are proved and applied to problem solving.

Gregory's Classical Mechanics is a major new textbook for undergraduates in mathematics and physics. The author's clear and systematic style promotes a good understanding of the subject; each concept is motivated and illustrated by worked examples, while problem sets provide plenty of practice for understanding and technique. Computer assisted problems, some suitable for projects, are also included. The author's clear and systematic style promotes a good understanding of the subject: each concept is motivated and illustrated by worked examples, while problem sets provide plenty of practice for understanding and technique.

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Gregory's Classical Mechanics is a major new textbook for undergraduates in mathematics and physics. It is a thorough, self-contained and highly readable account of a subject many students find difficult. The author's clear and systematic style promotes a good understanding of the subject; each concept is motivated and illustrated by worked examples, while problem sets provide plenty of practice for understanding and technique. Computer assisted problems, some suitable for projects, are also included. The book is structured to make learning the subject easy; there is a natural progression from core topics to more advanced ones and hard topics are treated with particular care. A theme of the book is the importance of conservation principles. These appear first in vectorial mechanics where they are proved and applied to problem solving. They reappear in analytical mechanics, where they are shown to be related to symmetries of the Lagrangian, culminating in Noether's theorem.
Reviews about Classical Mechanics (7):
Gravelblade
I'm still working on this book, but it lends itself to a logical progression and is easily followed. Understanding, now iis my problem.
The Rollers of Vildar
I am a physicist and I have been working as a Physics teacher in a high school for many years so I need to remember few topics and for sure this book looks the best point to start. Also I really appreciate that this ones has ANSWERS, otherwise how do you know if you are moving in the right direction?
Doomblade
Very well written and with a very appropriate selection of subjects, but is missing some issue about the theory of relativity. If it would be included in a second edition, it would be for me a 'five star'.
Hugighma
This sophomore-level book on classical particle mechanics assumes a

knowledge of basic mechanics that one would acquire in a freshman

level introductory physics course as well as ordinary differential

equations and vector calculus. Beyond that, it's largely self-

contained, and follows the standard fair of Newtonian linear vector

mechanics, oscillations, energy methods, curvilinear motion, and

introductory Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics. It also offers

introductory material on some non-conventional subjects such as

non-linear oscillations and phase space, perturbation theory,

rotating reference frames, and tensor algebra, which may prove

useful in later course work.

Gregory is a professor of applied mathematics, not physics, and it

shows in his approach to mechanics. Usually, whether in developing

the theory or demonstrating problem solving techniques in examples,

he offers a purely mathematical solution, with no reference to the

actual physics of the phenomena. The end-of-chapter problems

require mathematical knowledge for their solution, but do not

encourage physical thinking about the systems involved. Often, the

problems are entirely un-physical; for example, he might state that

"given a force field described by F= 3x^3 + 2x +5, find the vector

potential", without describing what physical system might actually

produce such a field. In other instances, a physical system is

described, but it is a contrived one that would probably never be

encountered in the lab or in industry. Such an approach does not

tend to increase one's physical intuition, which is an important

part of learning physics.

If you are looking for an introductory book to mathematical

mechanics, however, Gregory's text is ok. It's not rigorous -

often mathematical hand waving or heuristic arguments are made in

the development of the theory, and sometimes he skips too many

steps, making it very difficult to figure out how he got from step

A to step B, but in most instances his explanations are

comprehendible. The difficulty level of the problems is generally

appropriate, ranging from plug-and-chug to challenging. Also, the

problems are generally fun, even if they do tend to be un-physical.
Answers to all of the problems are given in the back of the book.

Overall, I'd say that if mathematical rigor and elegance are what

you are looking for or, on the other hand, you want to develop

physical insight, you are better off looking elsewhere. If you

want a fairly entertaining, understandable, casual introduction to

mathematical mechanics, Gregory's book will meet your needs. I

also would say that this book is pretty appropriate for self-

instruction, especially if you can obtain a copy of the solutions

manual (which is available from admittedly dubious sources on the

internet).
Zovaithug
This is THE BEST text in classical mechanics for undergrads I have ever seen! The author is a genius in explanation. I am a total bitch when I review books so a highly positive review from me does mean something. By the way I am a PhD student in physics so I have a very clear idea how the topics I understand should be explained and this author always hit the target right on.

I've mainly read the analytical mechanics chapters 12-14. For the first time I understood clearly the meaning of Dalambert principle, which was glossed over by my grad courses - I never got it what the difference is between real and virtual displacements untill this book. The text is very close to the historical treatment of Lagrange equations by Lagrange himself. Clear distinction is made between holonomic and non-holonomic constraints, static and moving. Variational principles are presented as reformulation of Lagrange equation. Again very clear treatment of Legendre transformation to get the Hamiltonian. It would be very exciting to see how this author would treat even higher level topics in classical mechanics like Hamilton-Jacobi theory etc, the topics in the well known text, The Variational Principles of Mechanics, by Lanczos.

From browsing the other sections, absolutely everything contained in this book is clearly explained in the right way. Numerous examples and diagrams all over the place. Smart problems with answers at the end of the book.

Last, Classical mechanics courses are traditionally more heavy on math so unprepared readers (obvously confusing this text with introductory physics course) should not complain if that marvelous book doesn't fit their bill.
Ionzar
The explanations are wonderfully clear and insightful. The examples are illuminating. He has answers to questions in the back of the book.

The sections on analytical mechanics are particularly excellent.

All in all, ideal for self study. I would buy any future book by this author sight unseen. This book sets a new bechmark for undergraduate physics text books.
JOGETIME
This text book is an excellent resource for any Undergraduate. The author expresses the material in a clear and coherent way, which doesn't leave the student, namely me, befuddled. The greatest thing about this book is the number and quality of the examples it provides, which give real world examples that make the information interesting. Overall, it is an excellent text book, and a great resource for any student.
Very Well Done!!
An Excellent Choice!
This is the best mechanics textbook I've found for actually learning the subject. The text is well set out and easy to read and there are LOTS of examples with full solutions. Once I'd studied these I found I could do most of the problems. Another good thing is that the book gives the answers to ALL the problems, not just a select few which can be very frustrating. I give this textbook a grade A (and so do the Mathematical Association of America whose review has just appeared on their web site [...]).

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