This textbook, Theoretical Physics 2: Analytical Mechanics (PDF), provides a straightforward and all-encompassing introduction to analytical mechanics, which is one of the primary focuses of introductory-level physics classes at the undergraduate level. This section of the book begins with a comprehensive introduction to Lagrangian mechanics, which includes a discussion of Hamilton’s principle, the d’Alembert principle, and conservation laws. The discussion then moves on to an in-depth analysis of Hamiltonian mechanics, which is demonstrated via canonical and Legendre transformations, followed by a generalization to quantum mechanics via Poisson brackets and an examination of all applicable variational principles. In conclusion, both the Hamilton-Jacobi theory and the transition to wave mechanics will be discussed in depth.
The book is enhanced throughout with learning features such as boxed inserts and chapter summaries, and it is best suited for undergraduate students who already have some background in classical mechanics. Key mathematical derivations are also highlighted to help readers better understand the material. The textbook is backed up with a large number of practical examples as well as problem sets at the end of each chapter.
Concerning the series titled “Theoretical Physics”
The eight books of this series, which have been translated from the renowned and extremely popular German versions, contain the whole core curriculum of theoretical physics at the undergraduate level. Each volume can be read on its own and contains all of the information that is required for the specific topic covered in the course. A greater depth of comprehension is supported by a multitude of problems, each of which has a detailed solution. In evaluations, Wolfgang Nolting is often referred to as the “German Feynman” due to the sophistication of his didactical approach, for which he is famed.
NOTE That the PDF ebook version of Theoretical Physics 2: Analytical Mechanics is the only thing that comes with this product. There are neither new codes nor other material supplied.