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Analytical Dynamics

Theory and Applications

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Table of contents (18 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xv
  2. Review of Newtonian Dynamics

    • Mark D. Ardema
    Pages 1-45
  3. Motion and Constraints

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    Pages 47-64
  4. Virtual Displacement and Virtual Work

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    Pages 65-82
  5. Variational Principles

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    Pages 83-99
  6. Generalized Coordinates

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    Pages 101-108
  7. Lagrange’s Equations

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    Pages 109-130
  8. Formulation of Equations

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    Pages 131-148
  9. Integration of Equations

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    Pages 149-163
  10. Examples

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    Pages 165-177
  11. Central Force Motion

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    Pages 179-188
  12. Gyroscopic Motion

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    Pages 189-204
  13. Stability Of Motion

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    Pages 205-224
  14. Impulsive Motion

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    Pages 225-243
  15. Gibbs-Appell Equations

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    Pages 245-259
  16. Hamilton’s Equations

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    Pages 261-280
  17. Contact Transformations

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    Pages 281-295
  18. Hamilton-Jacobi Equation

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    Pages 297-317
  19. Approximation Methods

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    Pages 319-333
  20. Back Matter

    Pages 335-340

About this book

In his great work, Mecanique Analytique (1788)-^Lagrange used the term "analytical" to mean "non-geometrical." Indeed, Lagrange made the following boast: "No diagrams will be found in this work. The methods that I explain in it require neither constructions nor geometrical or mechanical arguments, but only the algebraic operations inherent to a regular and uniform process. Those who love Analysis will, with joy, see mechanics become a new branch of it and will be grateful to me for thus having extended its field." This was in marked contrast to Newton's Philosohiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica (1687) which is full of elaborate geometrical constructions. It has been remarked that the classical Greeks would have understood some of the Principia but none of the Mecanique Analytique. The term analytical dynamics has now come to mean the develop­ ments in dynamics from just after Newton to just before the advent of relativity theory and quantum mechanics, and it is this meaning of the term that is meant here. Frequent use will be made of diagrams to illus­ trate the theory and its applications, although it will be noted that as the book progresses and the material gets "more analytical", the number of figures per chapter tends to decrease, although not monotonically.

Keywords

  • algebra
  • construction
  • development
  • dynamics
  • material
  • mechanics
  • quantum mechanics
  • stability

Reviews

From the reviews of the first edition:

"The book takes a classical approach to the development of the methods of analytical dynamics. … the book contains a large number of examples … and most of them are quite instructive. Many examples are worked out in full detail in the text, and an even greater number of additional examples is given in the form of problems (without solutions). … People who teach mechanics courses may find this collection of examples quite useful." (Volker Perlick, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1087 (13), 2006)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, USA

    Mark D. Ardema

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eBook USD 189.00
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  • ISBN: 978-0-306-48682-1
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
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Hardcover Book USD 249.99
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