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Theoretical Physics 2

Analytical Mechanics

Authors: Nolting, Wolfgang

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  • Targets deeper understanding of Hamilton and Lagrangian mechanics, giving a sturdy base for understanding quantum mechanics in later semesters
  • Offers a tried-and-tested approach reflecting the author's 40 years of teaching experience 
  • Belongs to a multi-volume introduction to theoretical physics, in which one renowned textbook author covers the complete curriculum
  • Offers detailed explanations of the solutions to numerous problems
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About this Textbook

This textbook offers a clear and comprehensive introduction to analytical mechanics, one of the core components of undergraduate physics courses.  The book starts with a thorough introduction into Lagrangian mechanics, detailing the d’Alembert principle, Hamilton’s principle and conservation laws. It continues with an in-depth explanation of Hamiltonian mechanics, illustrated by canonical and Legendre transformation, the generalization to quantum mechanics through Poisson brackets and all relevant variational principles. Finally, the Hamilton-Jacobi theory and the transition to wave mechanics are presented in detail.

Ideally suited to undergraduate students with some grounding in classical mechanics, the book is enhanced throughout with learning features such as boxed inserts and chapter summaries, with key mathematical derivations highlighted to aid understanding.  The text is supported by numerous worked examples and end of chapter problem sets. 

About the Theoretical Physics series

Translated from the renowned and highly successful German editions, the eight volumes of this series cover the complete core curriculum of theoretical physics at undergraduate level. Each volume is self-contained and provides all the material necessary for the individual course topic. Numerous problems with detailed solutions support a deeper understanding.  Wolfgang Nolting is famous for his refined didactical style and has been referred to as the "German Feynman" in reviews.

About the authors

Prof. Dr Wolfgang Nolting is an emeritus professor of physics of the German Humboldt University in Berlin, whose research interests span solid state physics and magnetism.  He has over 40 years of teaching experience at various institutions including the University of Münster, ETH Zürich, the University of Würzburg and the Universidad de Valladolid in Spain.  His acclaimed German textbook series on Theoretical Physics has now attained the rank of a standard work in physics education.

Reviews

“This second volume covers mechanics using Lagrange, Hamilton, and Hamilton-Jacobi techniques. … An important component of the book (and series) is the number of work exercises, which deepen students' understanding and provide examples of how to correctly apply the presented concepts. … This excellent theoretical physics title can be used as a textbook for a course or by individuals interested in learning the material on their own. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.” (D. B. Mason, Choice, Vol. 54 (6), February, 2017)


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eBook $69.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-40129-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $89.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-40128-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Theoretical Physics 2
Book Subtitle
Analytical Mechanics
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-40129-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-40129-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-40128-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 358
Number of Illustrations
72 b/w illustrations, 16 illustrations in colour
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