Synopses & Reviews
This best-selling classical mechanics text, written for the advanced undergraduate one- or two-semester course, provides a complete account of the classical mechanics of particles, systems of particles, and rigid bodies. Vector calculus is used extensively to explore topics.The Lagrangian formulation of mechanics is introduced early to show its powerful problem solving ability.. Modern notation and terminology are used throughout in support of the text's objective: to facilitate students' transition to advanced physics and the mathematical formalism needed for the quantum theory of physics. CLASSICAL DYNAMICS OF PARTICLES AND SYSTEMS can easily be used for a one- or two-semester course, depending on the instructor's choice of topics.
"I like the order of topics: the early discussion of linear and non-linear oscillations and the early presentation of Lagrangian/Hamiltonian dynamics. I also like the problems at the end of the chapters."
"Good discussion of classical subjects."
About the Author
Stephen Thornton is Professor of Physics at the University of Virginia. He has over 120 research publications in experimental nuclear physics and served as the initial Director of the Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics. He has been a Fulbright fellow (twice) and a Max Planck fellow to do research in Germany. In recent years he has become more involved in physics and science education, having served as Chair of AAPT's Committee on Science Education for the Public and as President of the Virginia Association of Science Teachers. He has developed distance learning physics and physical science courses for K-12 teachers and taught courses and workshops for thousands of K-12 teachers, including many websites with hands-on activities. He has revitalized the lab/workshop taken by engineering students. He is the author of three physics textbooks, including CLASSICAL DYNAMICS with Jerry Marion and MODERN PHYSICS with Andrew Rex, both published by Thomson - Brooks/Cole.
Table of Contents
1. Matrices, Vectors, and Vector Calculus. 2. Newtonian Mechanics--Single Particle. 3. Oscillations. 4. Nonlinear Oscillations and Chaos. 5. Gravitation. 6. Some Methods in the Calculus of Variations. 7. Hamilton's Principle--Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Dynamics. 8. Central-Force Motion. 9. Dynamics of a System of Particles. 10. Motion in a Noninertial Reference Frame. 11. Dynamics of Rigid Bodies. 12. Coupled Oscillations. 13. Continuous Systems: Waves. 14. The Special Theory of Relativity. Appendices. Selected References. Bibliography. Answers to Even-Numbered Problems.