Classical Mechanics – Herbert Goldstein – 2nd Edition


For 30 years, this book has been the acknowledged standard in advanced classical mechanics courses. This classic book enables readers to make connections between classical and modern physics — an indispensable part of a physicist’s education. In this new edition, Beams Medal winner Charles Poole and John Safko have updated the book to include the latest topics, applications, and notation to reflect today’s physics curriculum.

The prospect of a second edition of Classical Mechanics, almost thirty years after initial publication, has given rise to two nearly contradictory sets of reactions. They introduce students to the increasingly important role that nonlinearities play in contemporary applications of classical mechanics. New numerical exercises help students to develop skills in how to use computer techniques to solve problems in physics. Mathematical techniques are presented in detail so that the text remains fully accessible to students who have not had an intermediate course in classical mechanics.

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  • 1. Survey of the Elementary Principles.
    2. Variational Principles and Lagrange's Equations.
    3. The Two-Body Central Force Problem.
    4. The Kinematics of Rigid Body Motion.
    5. The Rigid Body Equations of Motion.
    6. Small Oscillations.
    7. Special Relativity in Classical Mechanics.
    8. The Hamilton Equations of Motion.
    9. Canonical Transformations.
    10. Hamilton-Jacobi Theory.
    11. Canonical Perturbation Theory.
    12. Introduction to Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Formulations for Continuous Systems and Fields.
    Index of Symbols.

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