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VINE VOICEon 10 October 2014
* Physical

This book is very well bound for a paperback and has a great clarity in the size of the fonts to the size of the page.

* Target Audience

This is aimed physics, engineering and mathematical 2nd to third year undergraduates with a prerequisite with an ability or comprehension with Vector Calculus and partial differential equations, and perhaps any prior exposure with Calculus of Variations.

* Whats covered then?

The book starts on basic reminder of calculus equations of motion, then jumps into the Euler - Lagrange equation that is the workhorse of this and other books using Calculus of Variations. This has the usual required level of prior exposure to how the way the Mathematical language is used to explore this topic. The major plank used in the Lagrangian physics defined as the difference between Kinetic and Potential energies and expressed within the standard Lagrangian - Euler equation. You find a constant methodology as applying the 'principle of superposition' comes up time and time again.

The three most important laws within this books content are 'Conservation of Linear Momentum', the 'Conservation of Angular Momentum' and the 'Conservation of Energy'. If you know how each of the laws in symmetry terms as to how they work your O.K. The sections run another exposure to Calculus of Variations and how they can be applied with standard rules. The next parts cover a linking between Calculus of Variations which can be then applied with Lagrangian mechanics. The way these are explained uses a much stricter development with mathematical symbolic notation techniques. If your capable of reading this symbolic stuff its actually better way to take this lot in.This is needed as it generalizes to objects with many coordinates. I must say that explores 'Constraints and Lagrange's lambda method' (p77-83) a real eye - opener has to how this operates.

The later parts use a link from Calculus of Variations through Lagrange transformation and into canonical Hamiltonian techniques tougher to take in, but this latter method is described as much more capable method to use in multiple objects, multiple coordinate mechanics. It goes onto three - dimensional techniques in a very efficient way. Some of the Poisson stuff is still a bit vague at the moment, but i am still chugging along and having fun taking it bit - by -bit.

There are answers at the back of the book if your up for a challenge.

* Summary

This book is a grand way to explore at a primer level, this important area of applied mechanics and personally its been a treat to read. I started this in September to October 2014. and its been an stimulating book and the price is fine.
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on 29 December 2014
Has much more than I expected, done in a very thorough way
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on 24 August 2016
I wanted to like this book - it is engagingly written and in places explains things really well. Unfortunately, in other places it makes a complete mess of things, particularly where the mathematics is concerned. There is a vital difference between a judicious choice of the level of mathematical rigour that is appropriate to context and audience, and sweeping key analytical issues under the carpet. This author gets it wrong: he cops out and engages in magical hand waving whenever the going gets tough; the passages on the differences between differentials, variations, partial derivatives, and virtual displacement read more like medieval zoology. It is books like this one that deprive physics undergrads from properly understanding the fundamental concepts of analysis, and perhaps making them feel that they are to blame for their persistent befuddlement. Incidentally, readers of this book are advised to look elsewhere for the correct definition of "functional" --- it does not bother me so much that he gets the terminology wrong, but that it betrays a compete lack of understanding of what is going on mathematically.
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on 10 March 2014
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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on 13 November 2014
A good technical grounding in the day to day business of constructing Lagrangians and Hamiltonians for physical problems.
The book also provides a thorough (from a physics viewpoint) treatment of the mathematics that lie behind the concept.
All in all a very good book.
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on 18 January 2016
Good book, but it needs the FULL solutions. The Maxwell's equations is by far the best student guide, why cant they all have a similar structure? I think the series of books would do much better if they followed the example set in Maxwell's equations guide. Too many times in this book is the answer given for the in chapter questions with no working, or little insight as to how it is obtained. Further, only odd number end of chapter questions are provided, I hate it when books are published in such a format, college professors should be at the level where they can write their own problems for classes! These books are for students after all... "students guide?" That's miss leading,
There is however, a number of good worked examples and the explanations are quite good. Worth the buy in the end, but it could be better.
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on 16 June 2016
A very educating and challenging enough book giving an excellent overview of the subject. The two level exercise and problem system worked well and there were difficult enough problems to solve. The only small minus was, that there were fairly many inaccuracies in problems and solutions - however, keeping the reader alert.
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on 18 March 2014
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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on 21 December 2015
Excellent job, wonderful seller, I'll continue to order from him. Thanks.
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on 29 September 2014
it's a good textbook
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