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  1. #1 Recommend some undergrad textbooks 
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    Hi, i'm about to go into my 3rd year undergrad maths degree and was wondering if you could recommend any good textbooks on classical mechanics (specifically lagrangian and hamiltonian), and quantum mechanics. I'm currently looking at the following:

    Mechanics (Landau/Lifschitz)

    Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (Griffiths)

    Are there any better?

    Thanks.


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  3. #2 Re: Recommend some undergrad textbooks 
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    Quote Originally Posted by em12
    Hi, i'm about to go into my 3rd year undergrad maths degree and was wondering if you could recommend any good textbooks on classical mechanics (specifically lagrangian and hamiltonian), and quantum mechanics. I'm currently looking at the following:

    Mechanics (Landau/Lifschitz)

    Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (Griffiths)

    Are there any better?

    Thanks.
    If you are looking for a physics text those are good ones. Goldstein's Classical Mechanics is the standard at an advanced undergraduate or beginning graduate level. A somewhat more elementary text, aimed at advanced undertgraduates is Marion's Classical Dynamics of Particles and Systems
    If you are looking for a mathematics text then Arnold's Mathematical Methods of Classical Mechanics is excellent and the gold standard is Foundations of Mechanics by Abraham and Marsden. These latter two books would normally be considered appropriate for graduate students, usually beyond the first year.
    A rather dry, but encyclopedic older book is Whittaker's A Treatise on the Analytical Dynamics of Particles and Rigid Bodies.

    I'm not sure that there is anything much better than Griffiths book on QM. One old standard is Quantum Mechanics by Messiah. It is probably worth taking a look at volume 3 of The Feynman Lectures on Physics, to at least get a flavor for Feynman's viewpoint.


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