Synopses & Reviews
Emphasizing learning through problem solving, Donald Greenwood analyzes in detail the strengths and weaknesses of various approaches to dynamics. He describes techniques that will improve computational efficiency considerably, especially when applied to complex dynamical systems. A key feature of his text is the inclusion of many proven examples and homework problems. The book is intended for use in graduate courses on dynamics and will appeal to practicing mechanical and aerospace engineers.
"Throughout there are examples in the text which are natural and illustrate the ideas very well. There are also excellent collections of problems (with solutions) with each chapter which are challenging and good training in modelling particulate, rigid and jointed systems of considerable variety." Contemporary Physics, Dr. C. Athorne, University of Glasgow, UK
"...a verty useful reference for the majority of mathematical methods applicable to particle and rigid body dynamics." The Aeronautical Journal, Dr. H. R. Harrison
Advanced Dynamics is a broad and detailed description of the analytical tools of dynamics. The strengths and weaknesses of various approaches are discussed, and particular emphasis is placed on learning through problem solving. Techniques are described that provide a considerable improvement in computational efficiency over the standard classical methods, especially when applied to complex dynamical systems. Many worked examples and homework problems are provided. The book is intended for use on graduate courses on dynamics, and will also appeal to researchers in mechanical and aerospace engineering.
A broad and detailed description of dynamics for mechanical and aerospace engineering applications.
About the Author
Donald T. Greenwood received his PhD from the California Institute of Technology, and is a Professor Emeritus of aerospace engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Before joining the faculty at Michigan he worked for the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, and has also held visiting positions at the University of Arizona, the University of California, San Diego, and ETH Zurich. He is the author of two previous books on dynamics.
Table of Contents
Preface; 1. Introduction to particle dynamics; 2. Lagrange's and Hamilton's equations; 3. Kinematics and dynamics of a rigid body; 4. Equations of motion: differential approach; 5. Equations of motion: integral approach; 6. Introduction to numerical methods; Appendix; Index.