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A Student's Guide to Lagrangians and Hamiltonians [Paperback]

Patrick Hamill
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21 Nov 2013 1107617529 978-1107617520
A concise but rigorous treatment of variational techniques, focussing primarily on Lagrangian and Hamiltonian systems, this book is ideal for physics, engineering and mathematics students. The book begins by applying Lagrange's equations to a number of mechanical systems. It introduces the concepts of generalized coordinates and generalized momentum. Following this the book turns to the calculus of variations to derive the Euler–Lagrange equations. It introduces Hamilton's principle and uses this throughout the book to derive further results. The Hamiltonian, Hamilton's equations, canonical transformations, Poisson brackets and Hamilton–Jacobi theory are considered next. The book concludes by discussing continuous Lagrangians and Hamiltonians and how they are related to field theory. Written in clear, simple language and featuring numerous worked examples and exercises to help students master the material, this book is a valuable supplement to courses in mechanics.

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  • Paperback: 181 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (21 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1107617529
  • ISBN-13: 978-1107617520
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.2 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A concise but rigorous treatment of variational techniques, focussing primarily on Lagrangian and Hamiltonian systems, this book is ideal for physics, engineering and mathematics students. Written in clear, simple language and featuring numerous worked examples and exercises, this book is a valuable supplement to courses in mechanics.

About the Author

Patrick Hamill is Professor Emeritus of Physics at San José State University. He has taught physics for over thirty years and his research interests are in celestial mechanics and atmospheric physics.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good 10 Mar 2014
By Dr G
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Good, clear explanation of the mathematics behind this topic. Some worked examples and questions (those questions come with some answers...just the final answer though...not the working). I've come across some books on this topic which can twist you in knots. This is clear and unambigious. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good for the reference shelf 5 July 2014
By Eric
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I should have had this book when I was an undergraduate - but better late than never. Use this to simplify problem solution.
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3.0 out of 5 stars a little difficult for an undergraduate 18 Mar 2014
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i needed more background to follow eveything, but will do no regrets having bought it. can recommend it to the more educated
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