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Elements of Analytical Dynamics - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080198484, 9781483151724

Elements of Analytical Dynamics

1st Edition

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Author: Rudolph Kurth
Editors: I. N. Sneddon M. Stark
eBook ISBN: 9781483151724
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1976
Page Count: 192
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Table of Contents


Chapter I. The Equations of Motion

§ 1. Space and Time

§ 2. Dynamical Systems of Particles

§ 3. Lagrangian Systems

Chapter II. Hamilton-Jacobi Theory

§ 4. Hamilton's Equation

§ 5. Canonical Transformations

§ 6. Time-Dependent Completely Canonical Transformations

§ 7. Time-Independent Completely Canonical Transformations: Generating Functions

§ 8. Jacobi's Partial Differential Equation

Chapter III. Hamilton's Principle and First Integrals

§ 9. Hamilton's Principle, Euler's Equations

§ 10. First Integrals

§ 11. Noether's Theorem

§ 12. Stability

Chapter IV. Jacobi's Geometric Interpretation of Dynamics

§ 13. Maupertuis' Principle

§ 14. Riemannian Geometry

§ 15. Jacobi's Geometric Interpretation of Conservative Lagrangian Systems

§ 16. Spaces With Intrinsic Metrics

§ 17. A Generalization of Jacobi's Interpretation

§ 18. Concluding Remarks



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Elements of Analytical Dynamics deals with dynamics, which studies the relationship between motion of material bodies and the forces acting on them. This book is a compilation of lectures given by the author at the Georgia and Institute of Technology and formed a part of a course in Topological Dynamics. The book begins by discussing the notions of space and time and their basic properties. It then discusses the Hamilton-Jacobi theory and Hamilton's principle and first integrals. The text concludes with a discussion on Jacobi's geometric interpretation of conservative systems.

This book will be of direct use to graduate students of Mathematics with minimal background in Theoretical Mechanics.


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Rudolph Kurth

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I. N. Sneddon

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