This book provides an easy introduction to the theory of differentiable manifolds. The authors then show how the theory can be used to develop, simply but rigorously, the theory of Lanrangian mechanics directly from Newton's laws. Unnecessary abstraction has been avoided to produce an account suitable for students in mathematics or physics who have taken courses in advanced calculus.
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- Date Published: May 1987
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521336505
- length: 176 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 10 mm
- weight: 0.27kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Calculus preliminaries
2. Differential manifolds
5. Tangent spaces and maps
6. Tangent bundles as manifolds
7. Partial derivatives
8. Deriving Langrange's equations
9. Form of Langrange's equations
11. Langrangian vectorfields
13. The spherical pendulum
14. Rigid bodies.
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