Introduction to Classical Mechanics: With Problems and Solutions (Google eBook)

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 10, 2008 - Science
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This textbook covers all the standard introductory topics in classical mechanics, including Newton's laws, oscillations, energy, momentum, angular momentum, planetary motion, and special relativity. It also explores more advanced topics, such as normal modes, the Lagrangian method, gyroscopic motion, fictitious forces, 4-vectors, and general relativity. It contains more than 250 problems with detailed solutions so students can easily check their understanding of the topic. There are also over 350 unworked exercises which are ideal for homework assignments. Password protected solutions are available to instructors at www.cambridge.org/9780521876223. The vast number of problems alone makes it an ideal supplementary text for all levels of undergraduate physics courses in classical mechanics. Remarks are scattered throughout the text, discussing issues that are often glossed over in other textbooks, and it is thoroughly illustrated with more than 600 figures to help demonstrate key concepts.
  

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very good text for conceptual understanding as well as in developing the ability of problem solving.
theoretically it looks very brief but the concepts given and the solved examples are worth more
than any
big text with all rubbish in it . as a whole i will recommend it for every undergraduate in physics.
 

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Contents

Preface page xiii
4
Statics
22
Using F ma
51
Oscillations
101
Conservation of energy and momentum
138
The Lagrangian method
218
Central forces
281
Angular momentum Part I Constant L
309
Accelerating frames of reference
457
Relativity Kinematics
501
Relativity Dynamics
584
General Relativity
649
Appendix A Useful formulas
675
F ma vs F dpdt
690
Appendix G Derivations of the Lvc2 result
704
References 713
xix

Angular momentum Part II General L
371

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David Morin is Lecturer on Physics at Harvard University. He received his Ph.D. in theoretical particle physics from Harvard in 1996. When not writing physics limericks or thinking of new problems whose answers involve e or the golden ratio, he can be found running along the Charles River or hiking in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

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