- Kleppner and Kolenkow, An Introduction to Mechanics.
This is a good introductory text written by a well known MIT professor.
In difficulty, it falls between PHY2170 and this course.
- Fowles and Cassidy, Analytical Mechanics.
A good junior level mechanics text, used in the past for the first semester of the mechanics sequence.
I especially like the chapter on non-inertial reference frames.
- Keith Symon, Mechanics.
This is another junior-level text for mechanics.
It is too old-fashioned since it concentrates on covering everything with the old Newtonian methods before introducing Lagrange.
You may find it to be a readable reference, but we will not be following its exposition at all.
- Jerry Marion and Stephen Thornton, Classical Dynamics of Particles and System.
Used in the past for the second semester of the mechanics sequence.
- Isaac Newton, Principia.
This is interesting from an historical perspective, but difficult
to read owing to the outdated style of mathematics and presentation
- H. C. Corben and Philip Stehle, Classical Mechanics, This is a graduate level text.
- French, Newtonian Mechanics,
- Herbert Goldstein, Classical Mechanics.
This is a traditional graduate-level course that begins with
Lagrange's method and then introduces fancier topics such as
Hamilton-Jacobi theory, Action-Angle variables, and canonical
perturbation theory. It is an excellent reference book for anyone
who is interested in further study of physics beyond the
undergraduate level. It is too advanced and mathematically
oriented to be used as a text for us.
- Lev Landau and E. Lifshitz. Mechanics.
This is the first volume of Landau's famous course in theoretical
physics taken by every Russian physicist for the past 50 years. It is a
very elegant, terse, and advanced text . There are solved example
problems, that involve graduate-level work. It is a masterful
work, but is also too advanced to be used as a text. Those
interested in further study of physics, or in search of a challenge
would be advised to pick up a copy of it.
- W. Chester, Mechanics. This
is a sophmore level text from England. It is a solid text book, but it
concentrates on using the elementary method throughout. I recommend it
as a reference for solving complicated problems using elementary
techniques.
- V. Barger and M. Olsson, Classical Mechanics: A Modern Perspective. This is another junior-level textbook. It is also a good elementary textbook, but does not use Lagrange's method.
- Alexander Fetter and John Walecka, Theoretical Mechanics of Particles and Continuous Media.
A graduate-level text covering fluid mechanics as well as
rigid-body mechanics. It is a good reference for the latter part
of the course where we discuss waves and membranes.
- Edward Routh, Dynamics of a System of Rigid Bodies,
This is the grand daddy of all mechanics textbooks. You will find many
of the classic problems solved here, and you will find a lot of
interesting history . The language and notation is VERY
old-fashioned, so beware. This was the classic textbook back in
the days when classical mechanics was all one needed to know to be a
physicist. It is quite thorough.
- Edmund Whittaker, A Treatise on the Analytical Dynamics of Particles and Rigid Bodies.
Another textbook from the turn of the century. Very thorough and
complete. Has many sample problems worked out. Once again the
language, terminology, and notation tends to be old fashioned.
- Harold Crabtree, An Elementary Treatment of the theory of Spinning Tops and Gyroscopic Motion. This is the definitive work on tops and gyroscopes.
- Jearl Walker, Roundabout: The Physics of Rotation in the Everyday World. Jearl
Walker wrote the Scientific American's Amateur Scientist column
for about 15 years. He included many articles on strange things
that occur in classical mechanics. These articles are all
excellent.
- R. Weinstock, The Calculus of Variations. A Physicists approach to the calculus of variations. A very worthwhile book on this subject.
- Wolfgang Yourgrau and Stanley Mandelstam, Variational Principles in Dynamics and Quantum Theory.
Although this book is written by one of the most famous
quantum-field theorists around, its introductory treatments of
applications of the calculus of variations to problems in
classical mechanics are very nice. It provides one with physical
pictures to take with you when you learn about Feynman's path-integrals
in an advanced quantum mechanics course.
- A. Sommerfeld. Mechanics. This is part of his series Lectures on Theoretical Physics. It has a rather complete discussion on tops.
- E. Milne, Vectorial Mechanics.
I think this is a remarkable textbook that introduces a easy to
visualize method of solving problems that involve rigid-body motion.
These techniques will be used by us when we cover rigid-body
motions.