An Introduction to Hamiltonian Mechanics

 
 
Birkhäuser (Verlag)
  • erschienen am 24. September 2018
 
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  • Hardcover
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  • X, 366 Seiten
978-3-319-95224-6 (ISBN)
 
This textbook examines the Hamiltonian formulation in classical mechanics with the basic mathematical tools of multivariate calculus. It explores topics like variational symmetries, canonoid transformations, and geometrical optics that are usually omitted from an introductory classical mechanics course. For students with only a basic knowledge of mathematics and physics, this book makes those results accessible through worked-out examples and well-chosen exercises. For readers not familiar with Lagrange equations, the first chapters are devoted to the Lagrangian formalism and its applications. Later sections discuss canonical transformations, the Hamilton-Jacobi equation, and the Liouville Theorem on solutions of the Hamilton-Jacobi equation. Graduate and advanced undergraduate students in physics or mathematics who are interested in mechanics and applied math will benefit from this treatment of analytical mechanics. The text assumes the basics of classical mechanics, as well as linear algebra, differential calculus, elementary differential equations and analytic geometry. Designed for self-study, this book includes detailed examples and exercises with complete solutions, although it can also serve as a class text.
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2018
  • Englisch
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  • Schweiz
Springer International Publishing
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  • 41 schwarz-weiße Abbildungen, Bibliographie
  • Höhe: 243 mm
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  • Breite: 161 mm
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  • Dicke: 25 mm
  • 759 gr
978-3-319-95224-6 (9783319952246)
10.1007/978-3-319-95225-3
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Gerardo F. Torres del Castillo is a professor of physics and mathematics at the Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, where he has taught since 1979. He is the author or coauthor of more than 30 papers on classical mechanics. His other published books are Differentiable Manifolds; 3-D Spinors, Spin-Weighted Functions and their Applications; and Spinors in Four-Dimensional Spaces.
Preface.- The Lagrangian Formalism.- Some Applications of the Lagrangian Formalism.- Rigid Bodies.- The Hamiltonian Formalism.- Canonical Transformations.- The Hamilton-Jacobi Formalism.- Solutions.- References.- Index.
"This book is primarily intended for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in physics and applied mathematics. ... in my opinion this book may be regarded as a valuable addition to the existing literature in the field." (Frans Cantrijn, Mathematical Reviews, July, 2019)
"'This book is intended for advanced undergraduate or graduate students in physics or applied mathematics and for researchers working in related subjects.'" (Cristian Lazureanu, zbMATH 1422.70001, 2019)
"A book for beginning students of analytical mechanics, whether they be advanced undergraduates, graduate students or others wishing to learn more about mechanics through self-study. The book does a very nice job of shepherding the reader from Newtonian mechanics to Lagrangian mechanics ... . This book is a must-have library book for any mathematics or physics library." (Steven Deckelman, MAA Reviews, May 20, 2019)
This textbook examines the Hamiltonian formulation in classical mechanics with the basic mathematical tools of multivariate calculus. It explores topics like variational symmetries, canonoid transformations, and geometrical optics that are usually omitted from an introductory classical mechanics course. For students with only a basic knowledge of mathematics and physics, this book makes those results accessible through worked-out examples and well-chosen exercises.
For readers not familiar with Lagrange equations, the first chapters are devoted to the Lagrangian formalism and its applications. Later sections discuss canonical transformations, the Hamilton-Jacobi equation, and the Liouville Theorem on solutions of the Hamilton-Jacobi equation.
Graduate and advanced undergraduate students in physics or mathematics who are interested in mechanics and applied math will benefit from this treatment of analytical mechanics. The text assumes the basics of classical mechanics, as well as linear algebra, differential calculus, elementary differential equations and analytic geometry. Designed for self-study, this book includes detailed examples and exercises with complete solutions, although it can also serve as a class text.

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