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The mechanical universe : mechanics and heat

Author: Steven C Frautschi; Richard P Olenick; Tom M Apostol; David L Goodstein
Publisher: Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1986.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : Advanced editionView all editions and formats
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This innovative physics textbook intended for science and engineering majors develops classical mechanics from a historical perspective. The presentation of the standard course material includes a discussion of the thought processes of the discoverers and a description of the methods by which they arrived at their theories. However the presentation proceeds logically rather than strictly chronologically, so new  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Steven C Frautschi; Richard P Olenick; Tom M Apostol; David L Goodstein
ISBN: 9780511818493 0511818491
OCLC Number: 859410864
Description: 1 online resource (xviii, 585 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Preface; 1. Introduction to the mechanical universe; 2. The law of falling bodies; 3. The language of nature: derivatives and integrals; 4. Inertia; 5. Vectors; 6. Newton's laws and equilibrium; 7. Universal gravitation and circular motion; 8. Forces; 9. Forces in accelerating reference frames; 10. Energy: conservation and conversion; 11. The conservation of momentum; 12. Oscillatory motion; 13. Angular momentum; 14. Rotational dynamics for rigid bodies; 15. Gyroscopes; 16. Kepler's laws and the conic sections; 17. Solving the Kepler problem; 18. Navigating in space; 19. Temperatures and the gas laws; 20. The engine of nature; 21. Entropy; 22. The quest for low temperature; Appendix A. The international system of units; Appendix B. Conversion factors; Appendix C. Formulas from algebra, geometry, and trigonometry; Appendix D. Astronomical data; Appendix E. Physical constraints; Selected bibliography; Index.
Responsibility: Stephen C. Frautschi, Richard P. Olenick, Tom M. Apostol, David L. Goodstein.

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