Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2015
By Kadri
Mechanics: An Intensive Course by Masud Chaichian, Ioan Merches, Anca Turneau

In a general physics course, mechanics is something that seems rather basic as it is one of the fundamental courses you can take to build your physics education on.
As such some basic Newtonian mechanics can be found in the first part of the book and after that the textbook covers what is known as analytical mechanics - a highly mathematical area of study that benefits from spending a lot of time working out problems and concentrating on the mathematical methods and physical applications. So the reader finds both Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formalism and the principle of least action.

The book is well structured and follows the logical way of studying mechanics with a large amount of problems that the student can solve and if you have lost yourself in the physics because of forgetting an important part of mathematics - some of the relevant topics can be found in the appendices and might help you get back on track.

It's good study material and well equipped for those who want to find out more about the applications of a analytical mechanics in addition to the general idea of it.


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