Analytical mechanics is a set of mathematical tools used to describe a wide range of physical systems, both in classical mechanics and beyond It offers a powerful and elegant alternative to Newtonian mechanics however it can be challenging to learn due to its high degree of mathematical complexity Designed to offer aintuitive guide to this abstract topic, this guide explains the mathematical theory underlying analytical mechanics helping students to formulate, solve and interpret complex problems using these analytical tools Each chapter begins with an example of a physical system to illustrate the theoretical steps to be developed in that chapter, and ends with a set of exercises to further develop students understanding The book presents the fundamentals of the subject in depth before extending the theory toelaborate systems, and includes a further reading section to ensure that this is an accessible companion to all standard textbooks.

4 thoughts on “A Student's Guide to Analytical Mechanics (Student's Guides)

  1. Brian DeMarco Brian DeMarco says:

    This fabulous book from the next Isaac Newton is a terrific tour through classical mechanics and the sometimes confusing subtle math behind it The author starts with F ma and progresses through Lagrangian mechanics to Hamilton Jacobi dynamics and action angle variables There are many worked examples that will be useful for students and faculty who need a secret weapon for their courses , and the span from the undergraduate to beginning graduate level is appreciated.The colloquial style is refreshing, and the metaphysical connections to Borges work are fascinating The illustrations rival Picasso Captain Jean Luc Picard could not have written an equally compelling page turner, if he decided turn his mind to classical mechanics.

  2. Ryan Ryan says:

    This is a good tool for any physics major, i would recommend reading over this prior to taking the Theoretical Mechanics.

  3. John E Richardson John E Richardson says:

    Probably too early to fully review this book since I am still working thru the problems presented one by one on a fairly random basis Conceptually, I like it but will likely provide an update to this review later with experience.

  4. Upper Upper says:

    Very nice book, I highly recommend it for a nice student friendly introduction to analytical mechanics.