9780521198219

An Introduction to Mechanics

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521198219

  • ISBN10:

    0521198216

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 6/7/2010
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

In the years since it was first published, this classic introductory textbook has established itself as one of the best-known and most highly regarded descriptions of Newtonian mechanics. Intended for undergraduate students with foundation skills in mathematics and a deep interest in physics, it systematically lays out the principles of mechanics: vectors, Newton's laws, momentum, energy, rotational motion, angular momentum and noninertial systems, and includes chapters on central force motion, the harmonic oscillator, and relativity. Numerous worked examples demonstrate how the principles can be applied to a wide range of physical situations, and more than 600 figures illustrate methods for approaching physical problems. The book also contains over 200 challenging problems to help the student develop a strong understanding of the subject. Password-protected solutions are available for instructors at www.cambridge.org/9780521198219.

Table of Contents

Vectors and kinematics - a few mathematical preliminaries
Newton's laws - the foundations of Newtonian mechanics
Momentum
Work and energy
Some mathematical aspects of force and energy
Angular momentum and fixed axis rotation
Rigid body motion and the conservation of angular momentum
Noninertial systems and fictitious forces
Central force motion
The harmonic oscillator
The special theory of relativity
Relativistic kinematics
Relativistic momentum and energy
Four-vectors and relativistic invariance
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