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Published in 2006, this is a clear and well-structured guidebook of mathematics and physics for undergraduate students. The underlying theme of Classical Mechanics is the importance of the principles of conservation, and it progresses in its level of difficulty and importance. It begins with the core concepts and moves on to the advanced topics, treating the harder concepts with specific care.
The book is divided into four parts, namely Newtonian Mechanics of a Single Particle, Multi-particle Systems, Analytical Mechanics, and further topics. The contents of the book include Newton's Laws of Motion and Gravitation, Lagrange's equations and Conservation Principle, General Theory of Small Oscillations, Rotating Reference Frames, Orbits in a Central Field, Problems in Particle Dynamics, Algebra and Calculus of Vectors, Hamilton's equations, problems in rigid body dynamics, and linear oscillations and normal modes, amongst other topics.
The book provides lucid explanations for the concepts discussed, but not at the cost of over-simplification. The author has penned the book without assuming that the readers have a prior knowledge of mechanics. The author has also provided problems with answers.
Classical Mechanics is highly advisable for students pursuing different kinds of mechanics courses and especially for mathematics and science undergraduates. It is abundantly illustrated and many examples are included to give a more comprehensive understanding of all the topics present. Solutions are provided to all the problems given in the book, and the more difficult problems are marked with a star.
About R. Douglas Gregory
R. Douglas Gregory is a professor and an author.
Classical Mechanics is the first book written by R. Douglas Gregory
R. Douglas Gregory is a Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom. He was a visiting faculty at the University of Washington, University of British Columbia, and New York University. His main area of expertise is Applied Mathematics. Now that he has retired from teaching, he enjoys playing the piano, writing books on classical mechanics, and riding motorbikes.