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Springer Undergraduate Mathematics Series

Introduction to Analytical Dynamics

Authors: Woodhouse, Nicholas

  • A new edition of a classic text, extensively revised and updated in order to simplify the presentation and offer a more modern outlook, showing how ideas from classical mechanics link with contemporary research.
  • Aims to give readers a confident grasp of the material by confronting, rather than evading, common notational and pedagogical difficulties encountered on the journey from Newton to Lagrange and Hamilton.
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About this Textbook

Analytical dynamics forms an important part of any undergraduate programme in applied mathematics and physics: it develops intuition about three-dimensional space and provides invaluable practice in problem solving.

First published in 1987, this text is an introduction to the core ideas. It offers concise but clear explanations and derivations to give readers a confident grasp of the chain of argument that leads from Newton’s laws through Lagrange’s equations and Hamilton’s principle, to Hamilton’s equations and canonical transformations.

This new edition has been extensively revised and updated to include:

  • A chapter on symplectic geometry and the geometric interpretation of some of the coordinate calculations. 
  • A more systematic treatment of the conections with the phase-plane analysis of ODEs; and an improved treatment of Euler angles.
  • A greater emphasis on the links to special relativity and quantum theory, e.g., linking Schrödinger’s equation to Hamilton-Jacobi theory, showing how ideas from this classical subject link into contemporary areas of mathematics and theoretical physics.

Aimed at second- and third-year undergraduates, the book assumes some familiarity with elementary linear algebra, the chain rule for partial derivatives, and vector mechanics in three dimensions, although the latter is not essential. A wealth of examples show the subject in action and a range of exercises – with solutions – are provided to help test understanding.

Reviews

From the reviews of the second edition:

“It is designed to teach analytical mechanics to second and third year undergraduates in the UK, and probably to third or fourth year undergraduates in the US. … This book offers a very attractive traditional introduction to the subject. … the author is well tuned to the difficulties even strong students encounter. … discusses the relevance of classical mechanics in modern physics, especially to relativity and quantum mechanics. This is a fine textbook. It would be a pleasure to teach or to learn from it.” (William J. Satzer, The Mathematical Association of America, March, 2010)

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eBook $34.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-84882-816-2
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  • Included format: PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $49.95
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-84882-815-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Introduction to Analytical Dynamics
Authors
Series Title
Springer Undergraduate Mathematics Series
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer-Verlag London
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag London
eBook ISBN
978-1-84882-816-2
DOI
10.1007/978-1-84882-816-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-84882-815-5
Series ISSN
1615-2085
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
XIII, 240
Number of Illustrations and Tables
42 b/w illustrations
Additional Information
Originally published by Oxford University Press
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