Classical Dynamics of Particles and Systems – Thornton, Marion – 5th Edition


This best-selling classical mechanics text, written for the advanced undergraduate one- or two-semester course, provides a account of the classical mechanics of , systems of , and rigid bodies. Vector is used extensively to explore topics.The Lagrangian formulation of mechanics is introduced early to show its powerful ability.

Modern notation and terminology are used throughout in support of the text’s objective: to facilitate ’ transition to advanced and the mathematical formalism needed for the quantum theory of . CLASSICAL OF can easily be used for a one- or two-semester course, depending on the instructor’s choice of topics.

Table of Content

1. Matrices, Vectors, and Vector Calculus.
2. Newtonian Mechanics-Single Particle.
3. Oscillations.
4. Nonlinear Oscillations and Chaos.
5. Gravitation.
6. Some Methods in the Calculus of Variations.
7. Hamilton's Principle-Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Dynamics.
8. Central-Force Motion.
9. Dynamics of a System of Particles.
10. Motion in a Noninertial Reference Frame.
11. Dynamics of Rigid Bodies.
12. Coupled Oscillations.
13. Continuous Systems: Waves.
14. The Special Theory of Relativity.

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