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Lagrangian And Hamiltonian Mechanics



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This book takes the student from the Newtonian mechanics typically taught in the first and the second year to the areas of recent research. The discussions of topics such as invariance, Hamiltonian-Jacobi theory, and action-angle variables is especially complete; the last includes a discussion of the Hannay angle, not found in other texts. The final chapter is an introduction to the dynamics of nonlinear nondissipative systems. Connections with other areas of physics which the student is likely to be studying at the same time, such as electromagnetism and quantum mechanics, are made where possible. There is thus a discussion of electromagnetic field momentum and mechanical hidden momentum in the quasi-static interaction of an electric charge and a magnet. This discussion, among other things explains the "(e/c)A" term in the canonical momentum of a charged particle in an electromagnetic field. There is also a brief introduction to path integrals and their connection with Hamilton's principle, and the relation between the Hamilton-Jacobi equation of mechanics, the eikonal equation of optics, and the Schrodinger equation of quantum mechanics.

Product code: 9789810226725

ISBN 9789810226725
No. Of Pages 228
Publisher World Scientific Publishing Co Pte Ltd
This work takes the student from the Newtonian mechanics to the areas of more recent research. Discussion topics include invariance, Hamiltonian-Jacobi theory and action-angle variables. The final chapter introduces the dynamics of nonlinear non-dissipative systems.