The Collected Mathematical Papers of

The Collected Mathematical Papers of

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ... of a mechanical problem, it is in general a question admitting of determinate solution to find the expression for the forces; in other words, to determine the problem which has given rise to the integral; at least, this is the case when it is assumed that the forces are functions of the coordinates, without the time or the velocities; and he points out how the solution of the question is to be obtained. But, in certain cases, the method fails, that is, it leads to expressions which are not sufficient for the determination of the forces; these are the only cases in which the given integral can belong to several different problems; and the method shows the conditions necessary in order that these cases may present themselves. It is to be remarked that the given integral must be understood to be one of an absolutely definite form, such for instance as the equations of the conservation of the motion of the centre of gravity or of areas, but not such as the equation of vis viva, which is a property common indeed to a variety of mechanical problems, but which involves the forces, and is therefore not the same equation for different problems. The author studies in particular the case where the system consists of a single particle; he shows, that when the motion is in a plane, the integrals capable of belonging to two or more different problems are two in number, each of them involving as a particular case the equation of areas. When the point moves on a surface, he arrives at the remarkable theorem--" In order that the equations of motion of a point moving on a surface may have an integral independent of the time, and common to two or more problems, it is necessary that the surface should be a surface of revolution, or one which is...show more

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  • Paperback | 94 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236989910
  • 9781236989918