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Wanting to learn Classical Mechanics

Postby Sagekilla » Sat Aug 28, 2010 10:57 pm UTC

Hi all, I'm a physics / computer science major and I've had a bit of a backward curriculum at this point (Physics 1 -> Phyiscs 2 -> Optics -> Electricity and Magnetism -> Summer of Quantum Mechanics -> Modern Physics).

At some point, I think my third semester, I was supposed to take the Classical Mechanics class which teaches Lagrangian Mechanics, Hamilton's Equations, etc. Only thing is I never really did for whatever reason, and the only point it looks like I'll be taking it is next fall (Unless it fits in next semester).

So, that being the case, I'd like to learn some of it on my own. Are there any good online resources for this, or books I could rent out of my Uni library?

Much thanks!
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Re: Wanting to learn Classical Mechanics

Postby doogly » Sat Aug 28, 2010 11:10 pm UTC

If you also have a CS background you might be particularly interested in
http://groups.csail.mit.edu/mac/users/gjs/6946/
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Re: Wanting to learn Classical Mechanics

Postby LucasBrown » Sun Aug 29, 2010 4:03 am UTC

The text Classical Dynamics of Particles and Systems by Marion and Thornton is essentially the classic textbook for classical mechanics. The latest edition (#5) happens to be available as a torrent download in various places; just google "classical dynamics of particles and systems torrent" and you should find a torrent link to a ~66 MB pdf containing raster scans of the pages for purchase on Amazon.com. I'm letting the rest of this post stay because it's a harmless description of how to use Google.

As for webpage-type online resources... I can't help you there.

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Re: Wanting to learn Classical Mechanics

Postby nash1429 » Sun Aug 29, 2010 5:29 am UTC

MIT Opencourseware? (Not sure if that's what doogly posted, my computer won't let me go to the page.)

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Re: Wanting to learn Classical Mechanics

Postby Ended » Sun Aug 29, 2010 1:06 pm UTC

Here are some lecture notes you might find useful:
http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/user/tong/dynamics.htm
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Re: Wanting to learn Classical Mechanics

Postby Sagekilla » Sun Aug 29, 2010 7:05 pm UTC

Thanks all! I'll take a look at those resources. I also forgot to check MIT Opencourseware completely. Have been meaning to for a while now.

@doogly: That web page looks particularly interesting. Especially since I just did a lot of numerical (but exact) computations this last summer when I was working with my professor on quantum mechanics.
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Re: Wanting to learn Classical Mechanics

Postby doogly » Sun Aug 29, 2010 7:11 pm UTC

I seriously want to work through this book. I am pretty good at classical mechanics, I put in my time with Goldstein, but I can't program for shit. It might be pretty boss. It doesn't hurt that Sussman is well established as an absolute beast.
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Re: Wanting to learn Classical Mechanics

Postby Sagekilla » Sun Aug 29, 2010 7:35 pm UTC

One thing I read before was The Art of Computational Science (Link: http://www.artcompsci.org/).

They go through programming as well as all the equations. The preliminary C++ one is pretty good IMO.


Edit: I'm reading through David Tong's Classical Mechanics, and I have to say it's a really good read.
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