An Introduction To Mechanics, by Robert J. Kolenkow and Daniel Kleppner, is a comprehensive elaboration of mechanics in the field of Physics. This book is primarily for the students of an undergraduate course in Physics. In this book, the basic concepts related to the mechanics of Physics are elaborated. The presentation makes it easy to understand from the standpoint of the student who has general knowledge about calculus and fundamental mathematics.
There are chapters based on important topics like kinetics, vectors, work and energy, central force motion, relativistic kinematics, angular momentum, fixed axis rotation, harmonic oscillator, the basics of The Newtonian mechanism, non-inertial systems, fictitious forces, rigid body motion, conservation of angular momentum, and many more to list down. There are over 700 illustrations to help the students understand better. Also, there are exercises segregated question-wise at the end of each chapter for the students to practice on the basis of their study.
In addition to the conceptual text and question papers, there are a lot of solved examples to provide additional practice-support to the students. To gain initial information about mechanics, this book is a good reference guide. An Introduction To Mechanics (SIE) was published by Tata McGraw Hill Education in 2007 and is available in paperback.
An Introduction to Mechanics
For 40 years, Kleppner and Kolenkow’s classic text has introduced students to the principles of mechanics. Now brought up-to-date, this revised and improved Second Edition is ideal for classical mechanics courses for ﬁrst- and second-year undergraduates with foundation skills in mathematics. The book retains all the features of the ﬁrst edition, including numerous, worked examples, challenging problems, and extensive illustrations, and has been restructured to improve the ﬂow of ideas. It now features
• New examples are taken from recent developments, such as laser slowing of atoms, exoplanets, and black holes
• A “Hints, Clues, and Answers” section for the end-of-chapter problems to support student learning
• Solutions manual for instructors at www.cambridge.org/kandk
1. Vectors & Kinematics
2. Newton’s Laws
3. Forces & Equation of Motion
7. Angular Momentum
8. Rigid Body Motion
9. Non-inertial System
10.Central Forces System
11. Harmonic Oscillator
12. The Special Theory of Relativity
13. Relativistic Dynamics
14. Spacetime Physics
An Introduction to Mechanics grew out of a one-semester the course at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology—Physics 8.012—intended for students who seek to understand physics more deeply than the usual freshman level. In the four decades since this text was written physics has moved forward on many fronts but mechanics continue to be a bedrock for concepts such as inertia, momentum, and energy; ﬂuency in the physicist’s approach to problem-solving—an underlying theme of this book—remains priceless. The positive comments we have received over the years from students, some of whom are now well advanced in their careers, as well as from faculty at M.I.T. and elsewhere, reassures us that the approach of the text is fundamentally sound. We have received many suggestions from colleagues and we have taken this opportunity to incorporate their ideas and to update some of the discussions.
We assume that our readers know enough elementary calculus to differentiate and integrate simple polynomials and trigonometric functions. We do not assume any familiarity with diﬀerential equations. Our experience is that the principal challenge for most students is not with understanding mathematical concepts but in learning how to apply them to physical problems. This comes with practice and there is no substitute for solving challenging problems. Consequently problem-solving takes high priority. We have provided numerous worked examples to help provide guidance. Where possible we try to tie the examples to interesting physical phenomena but we are unapologetic about totally pedagogical problems. A block sliding down a plane is sometimes mocked as the quintessentially dull physics problem but if one allows the plane to accelerate, the system takes on a new complexion.
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