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An Introduction to Mechanics by Robert J. Kolenkow, Daniel Kleppner

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TO THE TEACHER

The first eight chapters form a comprehensive introduction to classical mechanics and constitute the heart of a one-semester course. In a 12-week semester, we have generally covered the first 8 chapters and parts of Chapters 9 or 10. However, Chapter 5 and some of the advanced topics in Chapters 7 and 8 are usually omitted, although some students pursue them independently.

Chapters 11, 12, and 13 present a complete introduction to special relativity. Chapter 14, on transformation theory and four-vectors, provides deeper insight into the subject for interested students. We have used the chapters on relativity in a three-week short course and also as part of the second-term course in electricity and magnetism.

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