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Advanced Dynamics

Advanced Dynamics

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Donald T. Greenwood
Cambridge University Press
Edition: Reissue, 11/2/2006
EAN 9780521029933, ISBN10: 0521029937

Paperback, 436 pages, 24.4 x 17 x 2.5 cm
Language: English

Advanced Dynamics is a broad and detailed description of the analytical tools of dynamics as used in mechanical and aerospace engineering. The strengths and weaknesses of various approaches are discussed, and particular emphasis is placed on learning through problem solving. The book begins with a thorough review of vectorial dynamics and goes on to cover Lagrange's and Hamilton's equations as well as less familiar topics such as impulse response, and differential forms and integrability. Techniques are described that provide a considerable improvement in computational efficiency over the standard classical methods, especially when applied to complex dynamical systems. The treatment of numerical analysis includes discussions of numerical stability and constraint stabilization. Many worked examples and homework problems are provided. The book is intended for use on graduate courses on dynamics, and will also appeal to researchers in mechanical and aerospace engineering.

Preface
1. Introduction to particle dynamics
2. Lagrange's and Hamilton's equations
3. Kinematics and dynamics of a rigid body
4. Equations of motion
differential approach
5. Equations of motion
integral approach
6. Introduction to numerical methods
Appendix
Index.

'Were I planning a course on Analytical Mechanics I would be happy to use this text as a back-up reference and more than pleased to make use of the wealth of problems.' Contemporary Physics