Mechanics by W. Chester

Mechanics by W. Chester newly listed for sale on the fantastic BookLovers of Bath web site!George Allen & Unwin, 1979, Paperback.

First in this, paperback, edition.

From the cover: This is a major new introduction to mechanics as studied in pre-specialist undergraduate courses in applied mathematics. The mathematics has been kept as simple as possible on the assumption that the reader will have little background in the subject; no advanced techniques are used and there are no complicated applications.

The book offers an outstandingly clear and comprehensive coverage of the conventional topics of mechanics and non-linear problems are also introduced in the belief that they involve important and widely applicable techniques which are appropriate at the elementary level. Rigid-body mechanics is covered in a three-dimensional treatment which brings the student directly to a better understanding of the subject than would the two-dimensional approach conventionally adopted at this level. This involves an understanding of angular vectors, which is inevitable in any case, and brings the student to the more interesting applications of rigid-body mechanics, which are more often than not three-dimensional. The arguably important topic of tensor calculus has been omitted in order to keep the mathematics simple and because it is not essential as part of mechanics at this level.

Chapter 1 gives a full treatment of elementary vector theory, consistent with the current status of the subject in most schemes of study. The mechanics of a particle is introduced in Chapters 2-8 and the ground is then prepared for three-dimensional rigid-body mechanics by a discussion of angular vectors and the theory of moments. The derivation of equations of motion is thereby readily achieved and is discussed in Chapter 11. The bulk of this chapter is devoted to worked examples in two and three dimensions in order to allow the student to build up an understanding of the applications of the equations of motion without becoming confused. Chapter 12 deals with virtual work and Lagranges equations, and the final chapter introduces some important techniques used in non-linear mechanics and elsewhere.

Illustrative examples and exercises are provided in abundance in view of the importance of working through examples in this particular subject. Over 130 diagrams complement the text.

The book should be of serious interest to applied mathematicians, engineers and theoretical physicists as a clear and comprehensive introduction to a major part of their undergraduate studies.

Good. Single reading crease to the notably faded spine. Previous owners’ inscription to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise.

[XIII] 432 pages. Index. Trade Paperback (9¼” x 6″).

Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I tempt with you something from here?


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