A First Course in Mechanics by Mary LunnA First Course in Mechanics by Mary Lunn

A First Course in Mechanics

byMary Lunn

Paperback | April 1, 1993

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This textbook provides a simple introduction to mechanics for students coming to the subject for the first time. The text is based on courses given to first and second year undergraduates and has been written with this audience in mind. Prerequisites are only a basic familiarity with vectors,matrices, and elementary calculus. The author's aim is to provide an understanding of Newtonian mechanics using the tools of modern algebra. The first chapters of the book introduce the fundamentals of the motion of rigid bodies: Newton's laws, forces, linear and angular momentum, and the conservation of energy. In the laterchapters the theory of Lagrangian mechanics is developed and extended to cover applications to impulsive forces. Throughout, the theory is illustrated with many worked examples, and numerous exercises (some with solutions) are provided.
Mary Lunn is at St Hugh's College, Oxford.
Title:A First Course in MechanicsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:202 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.51 inPublished:April 1, 1993Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198534337

ISBN - 13:9780198534334

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Table of Contents

1. Newton's laws2. Central forces3. Energy4. Rotating frames5. Many-particle systems6. Rigid bodies: equations7. Soluble problems in rigid body motion8. Lagrangian mechanics9. Impulsive forcesAppendices 1, 2, 3Solutions to odd-numbered exercisesIndex

Editorial Reviews

'This is a nice book ... The presentation is clear throughout. Problems and some answers are given. It is suitable for strong first and second year undergraduates.'Mathematika, 38 (1991)