Classical Mechanics

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University Science Books, 2005 - Science - 786 pages
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John Taylor has brought to his new book, Classical Mechanics, all of the clarity and insight that made his Introduction to Error Analysis a best-selling text. Classical Mechanics is intended for students who have studied some mechanics in an introductory physics course and covers such topics as conservation laws, oscillations, Lagrangian mechanics, two-body problems, non-inertial frames, rigid bodies, normal modes, chaos theory, Hamiltonian mechanics, and continuum mechanics. A particular highlight is the chapter on chaos, which focuses on a few simple systems, to give a truly comprehensible introduction to the concepts that we hear so much about. At the end of each chapter is a large selection of interesting problems for the student, classified by topic and approximate difficulty, ranging from simple exercises to challenging computer projects.
 

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User Review  - Kevin Montes - Goodreads

I used this book for my junior level mechanics courses. I read the text and worked the problems for every chapter except for the 12th on nonlinear mechanics and chaotic systems. It was very clear ... Read full review

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User Review  - Alex Bush - Goodreads

Great text on classical mechanics! Read full review

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Contents

Newtons Laws of Motion
3
Projectiles and Charged Particles
43
Momentum and Angular Momentum
83
Energy
105
Oscillations
161
Calculus of Variations
215
Lagranges Equations
237
TwoBody CentralForce Problems
293
Coupled Oscillators and Normal Modes
417
Nonlinear Mechanics and Chaos
457
Hamiltonian Mechanics
521
Collision Theory
557
Special Relativity
595
Continuum Mechanics
681
appendix Diagonalizing Real Symmetric Matrices
739
Further Reading
747

Mechanics in Noninertial Frames
327
Rotational Motion of Rigid Bodies
367

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JOHN R. TAYLOR is Professor of Physics and Presidential Teaching Scholar at the University of Colorado, where he has won numerous teaching awards, served as Associate Editor of the American Journal of Physics, and received an Emmy Award for his television series called 'Physics 4 Fun'. He is also the author of three best-selling textbooks, including Introduction to Error Analysis.

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