Classical Mechanics
For 30 years, this classic text has been the acknowledged standard in classical mechanics courses. Classical Mechanics enables students to make connections between classical and modern physics – an indispensable part of a physicist's education. The authors have updated the topics, applications, and notations to reflect today's physics curriculum. They introduce students to the increasingly important role that nonlinearities play in contemporary applications of classical mechanics. New numerical exercises help students develop skills in the use of 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.
Table of Content
 Survey of the Elementary Principles
 Variational Principles and Lagrange’s Equations
 The Central Force Problem
 The Kinematics of Rigid Body Motion
 The Rigid Body Equations of Motion
 Oscillations
 The Classical Mechanics of the Special Theory of Relativity
 The Hamilton Equations of Motion
 Canonical Transformations
 Hamilton–Jacobi Theory and ActionAngle Variables
 Classical Chaos
 Canonical Perturbation Theory
 Introduction to the Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Formulations for Continuous Systems and Fields
Appendix A Euler Angles in Alternate Conventions and Cayley–Klein Parameters
Appendix B Groups and Algebras
Appendix C Solutions to Select Exercises
Selected Bibliography
Author Index
Subject Index

Salient Features
 The classical approach of this leading text book has been revised and updated
 A section on the Euler and Lagrange exact solutions to the threebody problem
 A section on the damped driven oscillator as an example of the workings of the Josephson junction
 Chapter on canonical perturbation theory has been streamlined and the mathematics has been simplified
 Approximately 45 new problems, mostly in Chapters 1–8 and 11.
 Problems sets are now divided into “Derivations” and “Exercises”
 Solutions for 19 select problems have been provided in Appendix C




