Introduction to Classical Mechanics

With Problems and Solutions

David Morin

Cambridge University Press


Electricity and Magnetism

Third edition

Edward Purcell
David Morin

Cambridge University Press

Introduction to Classical Mechanics

Description of the book
Corrections/typos/errata/clarifications (pdf)
Sample chapters (pdf draft versions):
   Chap1 (Strategies for solving problems)
   Chap6 (The Lagrangian method)
   Chap11 (Relativity - kinematics)
Index to limericks, by first line
Instructor support via Cambridge University Press website (solutions, exam/desk copies, etc.)
Google books
Buy online (Amazon)
Additional material:   Version 2 of Chapter 15 on Hamiltonian Mechanics is now posted. (Section titles: Energy, Hamilton's equations, Legendre transforms, Three more derivations, Phase space and Liouville's theorem.) It has the same text as Version 1 but contains some new problems and exercises.

Electricity and Magnetism

The third edition of Edward Purcell's Electricity and Magnetism textbook is now available.
Preface (describes the changes and additions I have made)
Corrections/typos/errata/clarifications (pdf)
Instructor support
Google books
Q&A in Physics Today online
Buy online (Amazon)

Other works in progress:

Probability: On the math side of things, an introduction to combinatorics and probability is located here (Version 4, August 30, 2009). This file contains the first three chapters (plus some appendices) of a potential book on Probability and Statistics. It does not assume knowledge of calculus. The first three chapters are titled ``Combinatorics,'' ``Probability,'' and ``Distributions.'' And Appendix B gives a nice little introduction to the natural logarithm, e.

Waves: The following files are a beginning draft of a Waves book designed for college sophomores. The Fourier and Interference chapters are a little more polished than the others. There will certainly be typos and things that I will change, but there's a lot of nice material here as it stands. There will also be chapters on optics and water waves.
   1. Oscillations
   2. Normal modes
   3. Fourier analysis
   4. Transverse waves
   5. Longitudinal waves
   6. Dispersion
   7. 2D waves and other topics
   8. Electromagnetic waves
   9. Interference and diffraction
   10. Intro to Quantum Mechanics

Freshman mechanics (problem book): Having taught Harvard's "freshman" mechanics course more than a dozen times, I have a zillion mechanics problems stored up, so I'm presently collecting them into a problem book which will hopefully be out by early 2014. The book will be useful to both high school and college students. The problems are on the level of the one-star or two-star problems in my "Introduction to Classical Mechanics" textbook. The chapter titles are: 1: Problem solving strategies, 2: Kinematics in 1D, 3: Kinematics in 2D, 4: F=ma, 5: Energy, 6: Momentum, 7: Torque, 8: Angular momentum, 9: Statics, 10: Oscillations, 11: Gravity, 12: Fictitious forces.

Problem of the week: A set of (very hefty) problems, some of which appear in "Introduction to Classical Mechanics," is located here.

Limericks: Many of the limericks in "Introduction to Classical Mechanics," along with ones on other topics, can be found with annotation here.

More humor: If you like the limericks, here's some more physics humor.


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