Classical Mechanics

An Introduction

  • Authors
  • Dieter┬áStrauch

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-18
  2. Dieter Strauch
    Pages 29-54
  3. Dieter Strauch
    Pages 55-112
  4. Dieter Strauch
    Pages 113-155
  5. Dieter Strauch
    Pages 157-182
  6. Dieter Strauch
    Pages 183-205
  7. Dieter Strauch
    Pages 209-227
  8. Dieter Strauch
    Pages 227-268
  9. Dieter Strauch
    Pages 269-307
  10. Dieter Strauch
    Pages 309-324
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 1-18

About this book


This upper-level undergraduate and beginning graduate textbook primarily covers the theory and application of Newtonian and Lagrangian, but also of Hamiltonian mechanics. In addition, included are elements of continuum mechanics and the accompanying classical field theory, wherein four-vector notation is introduced without explicit reference to special relativity. The author's writing style attempts to ease students through the primary and secondary results, thus building a solid foundation for understanding applications. So the text is thus structured around developments of the main ideas, explicit proofs, and numerous clarifications, comments and applications. Numerous examples illustrate the material and often present alternative approaches to the final results. Frequent references are made linking mechanics to other fields of physics. These lecture notes have been used frequently by students to prepare for written and/or oral examinations. Summaries and problems conclude chapters and appendices supply needed background topics.


Hamiltonian mechanics Lagrangian mechanics Rigid body basics classical mechanics continuum mechanics field theory mechanics relativity

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-73615-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-73616-5
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