Basic principles

  • O. A. Bauchau
Part of the Solid Mechanics and Its Applications book series (SMIA, volume 176)


This chapter reviews the basic principles of dynamics. Newton’s laws are the foundation of mechanics and dynamics and deal with the behavior of particles subjected to forces. Section 3.1 presents Newton’s three laws and the principle of work and energy. Section 3.2 introduces the concept of conservative forces that play a fundamental role in dynamics. The principle of conservation of energy is discussed in section 3.2.1.


Contact Force Inertial Frame Gravity Force Strain Energy Function Central Force 
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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Georgia Institute of TechnologySchool of Aerospace EngineeringAtlantaUSA

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