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Classical Mechanics


  • Date Published: April 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521534093
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  • Gregory's Classical Mechanics is a major new textbook for undergraduates in mathematics and physics. It is a thorough, self-contained and highly readable account of a subject many students find difficult. The author's clear and systematic style promotes a good understanding of the subject: each concept is motivated and illustrated by worked examples, while problem sets provide plenty of practice for understanding and technique. Computer assisted problems, some suitable for projects, are also included. The book is structured to make learning the subject easy; there is a natural progression from core topics to more advanced ones and hard topics are treated with particular care. A theme of the book is the importance of conservation principles. These appear first in vectorial mechanics where they are proved and applied to problem solving. They reappear in analytical mechanics, where they are shown to be related to symmetries of the Lagrangian, culminating in Noether's theorem.

    • Suitable for a wide range of undergraduate mechanics courses given in mathematics and physics departments: no prior knowledge of the subject is assumed
    • Profusely illustrated and thoroughly class-tested, with a clear direct style that makes the subject easy to understand: all concepts are motivated and illustrated by the many worked examples included
    • Good, accurately set problems, with answers in the book: computer assisted problems and projects are also provided. Model solutions for problems available to teachers from
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    'The writing here is a picture of clarity and directness … The exercises include plenty of interesting and challenging problems … an attractive and well-written exposition of classical mechanics. I wish it had been my textbook when I was a student.' Mathematical Association of America

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    16th Jan 2016 by MSchoenaerts

    Concise, direct and complete. However, its highly theoretical nature sometimes makes it hard to understand when it is your first encounter with the subject.

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    • Date Published: April 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521534093
    • length: 606 pages
    • dimensions: 249 x 174 x 28 mm
    • weight: 1.196kg
    • contains: 193 b/w illus. 3 tables 348 exercises
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Newtonian Mechanics of a Single Particle:
    1. The algebra and calculus of vectors
    2. Velocity, acceleration and scalar angular velocity
    3. Newton's laws of motion and the law of gravitation
    4. Problems in particle dynamics
    5. Linear oscillations
    6. Energy conservation
    7. Orbits in a central field
    8. Non-linear oscillations and phase space
    Part II. Multi-particle Systems:
    9. The energy principle
    10. The linear momentum principle
    11. The angular momentum principle
    Part III. Analytical mechanics:
    12. Lagrange's equations and conservation principle
    13. The calculus of variations and Hamilton's principle
    14. Hamilton's equations and phase space
    Part IV. Further Topics:
    15. The general theory of small oscillations
    16. Vector angular velocity and rigid body kinematics
    17. Rotating reference frames
    18. Tensor algebra and the inertia tensor
    19. Problems in rigid body dynamics
    Appendix: centres of mass and moments of inertia
    Answers to the problems

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    R. Douglas Gregory, University of Manchester
    Douglas Gregory is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Manchester. He is a researcher of international standing in the field of elasticity, and has held visiting positions at New York University, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Washington. He is highly regarded as a teacher of applied mathematics: this, his first book, is the product of many years ' teaching experience.

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