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Classical Mechanics From Newton to Einstein - A Modern Introduction

ISBN-10: 047071574X

ISBN-13: 9780470715741

Edition: 2nd 2010

Authors: Martin W. McCall

List price: $134.00
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Classical Mechanics provides a clear introduction to the subject, combining a user-friendly style with an authoritative approach, whilst requiring minimal prerequisite mathematics - only elementary calculus and simple vectors are presumed. The text starts with a careful look at Newton′s Laws, before applying them in one dimension to oscillations and collisions. More advanced applications - including gravitational orbits, rigid body dynamics and mechanics in rotating frames - are deferred until after the limitations of Newton′s inertial frames have been highlighted through an exposition of Einstein′s Special Relativity. Comprehensive yet concise introduction to classical mechanics and relativity. Emphasize real life examples. Includes many interesting problems and a key revision notes chapter. Presented in a style that assumes a minimum of mathematical knowledge. Contains new chapter on computational dynamics. Unique mixture of classical mechanics with relativity. Supplementary web link and solutions manual.
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Book details

List price: $134.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 9/24/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 250
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Preface to Second Edition
Preface to First Edition
What is Mechanics?
Mechanics as a Scientific Theory
Newtonian vs. Einsteinian Mechanics
Newton's Laws
A Deeper Look at Newton's Laws
Inertial Frames
Newton's Laws in Noninertial Frames
Switching Off Gravity
Finale - Laws, Postulates or Definitions?
One-dimensional Motion
Rationale for One-dimensional Analysis
The Concept of a Particle
Motion with a Constant Force
Work and Energy
Impulse and Power
Motion with a Position-dependent Force
The Nature of Energy
Potential Functions
Motion Close to a Stable Equilibrium
The Stability of the Universe
Trajectory of a Body Falling a Large Distance Under Gravity
Motion with a Velocity-dependent Force
Oscillatory Motion
Prototype Harmonic Oscillator
Differential Equations
General Solution for Simple Harmonic Motion
Energy in Simple Harmonic Motion
Damped Oscillations
Light Damping - the Q Factor
Heavy Damping and Critical Damping
Forced Oscillations
Complex Number Method
Electrical Analogue
Power in Forced Oscillations
Coupled Oscillations
Two-body Dynamics
Centre of Mass
Internal Motion: Reduced Mass
Elastic Collisions
Inelastic Collisions
Centre-of-mass Frame
Rocket Motion
Launch Vehicles
Relativity 1: Space and Time
Why Relativity?
Galilean Relativity
The Fundamental Postulates of Relativity
Inertial Observers in Relativity
Comparing Transverse Distances Between Frames
Lessons from a Light Clock: Time Dilation
Proper Time
Interval Invariance
The Relativity of Simultaneity
The Relativity of Length: Length Contraction
The Lorentz Transformations
Velocity Addition
Particles Moving Faster than Light: Tachyons
Relativity 2: Energy and Momentum
Energy and Momentum
The Meaning of Rest Energy
Relativistic Collisions and Decays
Units in High-energy Physics
Energy/Momentum Transformations Between Frames
Relativistic Doppler Effect
Gravitational Orbits
Work in Three Dimensions
Torque and Angular Momentum
Central Forces
Gravitational Orbits
Kepler's Laws
Rigid Body Dynamics
Torque and Angular Momentum for Systems of Particles
Centre of Mass of Systems of Particles and Rigid Bodies
Angular Momentum of Rigid Bodies
Kinetic Energy of Rigid Bodies
Bats, Cats, Pendula and Gyroscopes
General Rotation About a Fixed Axis
Principal Axes
Examples of Principal Axes and Principal Moments of Inertia
Kinetic Energy of a Body Rotating About a Fixed Axis
Rotating Frames
Experiments on Roundabouts
General Prescription for Rotating Frames
The Centrifugal Term
The Coriolis Term
The Foucault Pendulum
Free Rotation of a Rigid Body - Tennis Rackets and Matchboxes
Final Thoughts
Vectors, Matrices and Eigenvalues
The Scalar (Dot) Product
The Vector (Cross) Product
The Vector Triple Product
Multiplying a Vector by a Matrix
Calculating the Determinant of a 3 � 3 Matrix
Eigenvectors and Eigenvalues
Diagonalising Symmetric Matrices
Answers to Problems