By Alexander L. Fetter,John Dirk Walecka
This two-part textual content fills what has frequently been a void within the first-year graduate physics curriculum. via its exam of debris and continua, it offers a lucid and self-contained account of classical mechanics — which in flip presents a traditional framework for introducing a number of the complex mathematical thoughts in physics.
The textual content opens with Newton's legislation of movement and systematically develops the dynamics of classical debris, with chapters on uncomplicated ideas, rotating coordinate platforms, lagrangian formalism, small oscillations, dynamics of inflexible our bodies, and hamiltonian formalism, together with a short dialogue of the transition to quantum mechanics. This a part of the publication additionally considers examples of the restricting habit of many debris, facilitating the eventual transition to a continual medium.
The moment half offers with classical continua, together with chapters on string membranes, sound waves, floor waves on nonviscous fluids, warmth conduction, viscous fluids, and elastic media. each one of those self-contained chapters presents the correct actual history and develops definitely the right mathematical options, and difficulties of various hassle look in the course of the text.
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Theoretical Mechanics of Particles and Continua (Dover Books on Physics) by Alexander L. Fetter,John Dirk Walecka