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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|
|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 momentum and energy|
|Four-vectors and relativistic invariance|
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