Preface; Part I. Overview: 1. Why analytical mechanics?; 2. Ways of looking at a pendulum; Part II. Equations of Motion: 3. Constraints and d'Alembert's principle; 4. Lagrangian mechanics; 5. Samples from Lagrangian mechanics; 6. Hamiltonian mechanics; Part III. Methods of Solution: 7. Hamilton-Jacobi theory; 8. Action-Angle variables; 9. More applications of analytical mechanics; Further reading; Index.
An accessible guide to analytical mechanics, using intuitive examples to illustrate the underlying mathematics, helping students formulate, solve and interpret problems in mechanics.
John L. Bohn is Professor of Physics at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is a Fellow of JILA - an interdisciplinary institute for quantum physics, chemistry and astronomy - and a Fellow of the American Physical Society.