Recent advances in dynamics, with wide applications throughout the sciences and engineering, have meant that a new approach to the subject is needed. Furthermore, the mathematical and scientific background of students has changed in recent years. In this book, the subject of dynamics is introduced at undergraduate level through the elementary qualitative theory of differential equations, the geometry of phrase curves and the theory of stability. Each subject, from the most elementary topic to some important discoveries of recent decades, is introduced through simple examples and illustrated with many diagrams. The text is supplemented with over a hundred exercises. The examples and exercises cover subjects as diverse as mechanics and population dynamics. The mathematical background required of the reader is an understanding of the elementary theory of differential equations and matrix arithmetic. The book will be of interest to second-year and third-year undergraduates at universities, polytechnics and technical colleges who are studying science and engineering courses. It is also suitable for graduates and research workers in such fields as plasma, atomic, particle and molecular physics, astronomy and theoretical ecology.
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'Percival and Richards give a beautifully clear introduction to dynamics, discussing why scientists should be interested in the stability properties of their equations, and explaining the terminology.' NatureSee more reviews
'The authors of this splendid textbook have made a commendable effort to introduce the geometric and qualitative aspects of dynamics at an undergraduate level … an exciting, well-organised book with many illuminating worked examples. A course based on this book would be a pleasure to teach. It should be greatly appreciated by physicists and engineers, and might help bring applied mathematics forward into the nineteenth century.' The Times Higher Education Supplement
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- Date Published: December 1982
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521281492
- length: 240 pages
- dimensions: 228 x 150 x 26 mm
- weight: 0.39kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. First-order autonomous systems
2. Linear transformations of the plane
3. Second-order autonomous systems
4. Conservative Hamiltonian systems of one degree of freedom
6. Transformation theory
7. Angle-action variables
8. Perturbation theory
9. Adiabatic and rapidly oscillating conditions
10. Linear systems
11. Chaotic motion and non-linear maps
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