By Dieter Strauch (auth.)

This upper-level undergraduate and starting graduate textbook basically covers the speculation and alertness of Newtonian and Lagrangian, but additionally of Hamiltonian mechanics. additionally, integrated are components of continuum mechanics and the accompanying classical box idea, in which four-vector notation is brought with no particular connection with specific relativity. The author's writing sort makes an attempt to ease scholars throughout the basic and secondary effects, hence development an effective origin for knowing purposes. So the textual content is hence established round advancements of the most principles, particular proofs, and various clarifications, reviews and purposes. various examples illustrate the cloth and infrequently current replacement methods to the ultimate effects. widespread references are made linking mechanics to different fields of physics. those lecture notes were used usually via scholars to organize for written and/or oral examinations. Summaries and difficulties finish chapters and appendices offer wanted heritage topics.

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In the right panel the same basis vectors are shown on an expanded scale 44 2 Newtonian Mechanics: First Applications ¤ v ¤ vϕ ¤ vr ¤ r ϕ Fig. 9. The decomposition of the velocity v in its radial and angular part. The trajectory r(t) is indicated by the solid broken line (2) Formal way: From cos ϕ − sin ϕ sin ϕ cos ϕ = ϕ˙ − sin ϕ cos ϕ − cos ϕ − sin ϕ ex ey = ϕ˙ − sin ϕ cos ϕ − cos ϕ − sin ϕ cos ϕ − sin ϕ sin ϕ cos ϕ = ϕ˙ 0 1 −1 0 er eϕ = ex ey one ﬁnds e˙ r e˙ ϕ er eϕ = ϕ˙ eϕ −er er eϕ . 3 Velocity, Acceleration, etc.

Examples for (polar) vectors: The position vector r and its derivatives ˙ r¨ with respect to time, the momentum vector p, the force F , etc. r, Examples for pseudovectors: The angular momentum vector l = r × p, see Fig. 10, or all cross products of polar vectors. 2 Equations of Motion The equations of motion for the total system are: (i) Equation of motion for the (total) momentum: The time change of the momentum of the total system is equal to the external force (axiom II), P˙ = F ext . 22) where the internal forces are assumed as central forces.

12). 3 Central Potentials Deﬁnition 8. (Central potential): A central potential is radially symmetric and has the form V (r) = V (|r|) = V (r). 4. 4 Potential and Potential Energy In mechanics the notions potential and potential energy are mostly used with same meaning. , the gravitational potential U (r) at the position r, caused by a mass M at the position r M , is given by U (r) = −G M , |r − rM | and the potential energy of a mass m at the position rm in this potential is V (r m ) = mU (rm ) = −G mM .