Classical Mechanics

Classical Mechanics


By (author) John R. Taylor

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  • Publisher: University Science Books,U.S.
  • Format: Hardback | 580 pages
  • Dimensions: 185mm x 262mm x 51mm | 1,520g
  • Publication date: 15 September 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Sausalito
  • ISBN 10: 189138922X
  • ISBN 13: 9781891389221
  • Sales rank: 63,406

Product description

John Taylor has brought to his new book, Classical Mechanics, all of the clarity and insight that made his introduction to Error Analysis a best-selling text. Classical Mechanics is intended for students who have studied some mechanics in an introductory physics course and covers such topics as conservation laws, oscillations, Lagrangian mechanics, two-body problems, non-inertial frames, rigid bodies, normal modes, chaos theory, Hamiltonian mechanics, and continuum mechanics. A particular highlight is the chapter on chaos, which focuses on a few simple systems, to give a truly comprehensible introduction to the concepts that we hear so much about. At the end of each chapter is a large selection of interesting problems for the student, classified by topic and approximate difficulty, and ranging from simple exercises to challenging computer projects. Taylor's Classical Mechanics is a thorough and very readable introduction to a subject that is four hundred years old but as exciting today as ever. He manages to convey that excitement as well as deep understanding and insight.

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Author information

JOHN R. TAYLOR is Professor of Physics and Presidential Teaching Scholar at the University of Colorado, where he has won numerous teaching awards, served as Associate Editor of the American Journal of Physics, and received an Emmy Award for his television series called 'Physics 4 Fun'. He is also the author of three best-selling textbooks, including Introduction to Error Analysis.

Review quote

"A superb text. The clarity and readability of the book is so much better than anything else on the market, that I confidently predict this book will soon be the most widely used book on the subject in all American universities, and probably Canadian and European universities also." -- American Journal of Physics Book Review "American Journal of Physics, April 2004"

Table of contents

Newton's Laws of Motion Projectiles and Charged Particles Momentum and Angular Momentum Energy Oscillations Calculus of Variations Lagrange's Equations Two-body Central Force Problems Mechanics in Noninertial Frames Motion of Rigid Bodies Coupled Oscillators and Normal Modes Nonlinear Mechanics and Chaos Hamiltonian Mechanics Collision Theory Continuum Mechanics Relativity