Analytical Mechanics (Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics) – eBook


eBook details

  • Author: Carl S.Helrich
  • File Size: 8 MB
  • Format: PDF
  • Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Springer
  • Publication Date: October 1, 2016
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3319444905
  • ISBN-13: 9783319444901


This advanced undergraduate Analytical Mechanics (PDF) textbook begins with the Lagrangian formulation of Analytical Mechanics and then passes directly to the Hamiltonian formulation and the canonical equations, with constraints incorporated through Lagrange multipliers. Hamilton’s Principle and the canonical equations remain the basis of the remainder of the text.

Topics considered for applications include small oscillations, motion in electric and magnetic fields, and rigid body dynamics. The Hamilton-Jacobi approach is developed with special attention to the canonical transformation in order to provide a smooth and logical transition into the study of complex and chaotic systems. Finally, the textbook has a careful treatment of relativistic mechanics and the requirement of Lorentz invariance.

The ebook is enriched with an outline of the history of mechanics, which particularly outlines the importance of the work of Euler, Lagrange, Hamilton and Jacobi.

Numerous exercises with solutions support the exceptionally clear and concise treatment of Analytical Mechanics.