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Spivak Elementary Mechanics From A Mathematician's Viewpoint

Spivak Elementary Mechanics From A Mathematician's Viewpoint

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A series of lectures on mechanics by Spivak aimed at mathematicians.
A series of lectures on mechanics by Spivak aimed at mathematicians.

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ELEMENTARY MECHANICS FROM A MATHEMATICIAN'SVIEWPOINT
Michael Spivak 
Copyright È Michael Spivak 2004
 
CONTENTS
Preface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1Lecture 1. The Hardest Part of Mechanics (The Fundamentals) . . 3Lecture 2. Further Remarks on the Fundamentals . . . . . . . . 25Lecture 3. How Newton Analyzed Planetary Motion . . . . . . 34Lecture 4. Systems of Particles; Conservation Laws . . . . . . . 46Lecture 5. Rigid Bodies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54Lecture 6. Constraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73Lecture 7. Holonomic and Non-Holonomic Constraints . . . . . 85Lecture 8. Statically Indeterminate Structures . . . . . . . . . . 93References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
 
PREFACE
In March of 2004, I had the pleasure of giving eight lectures as part of thePathways Lecture Series in Mathematics, Keiowhich is supported byThe Twenty-ˇrst Century COE Program at KeioIntegrative Mathematical Sciences:Progess in Mathematics Motivated byNatural and Social Phenomena As explained in Lecture 1, these lectures cover material that I had just ˇnishedwriting, and which Ihopewillconstitute theˇrst partofabookonMechanics forMathematicians. But I tried to present them as course lectures in development,rather than as a ˇnished product, and I beneˇted immensely from this, sincesuch a presentation, andthe reactions ofthe listeners, raised allsorts ofquestionsthat I hadn't thought of, and which will eventually result in a rather thoroughrewriting of the original material.In these notes, I have tried to preserve the informal nature of these lectures,aiming for spontaneity, rather than the more carefully arrangement of materialone expects to ˇnd in a book, so that they will complement the book (if it ever appears) rather than merely serving as a repetition; however, some parts,especially the notes for the later lectures, are taken rather directly from parts of the book already written. Though the notes do not reproduce the material of the lectures in exactly the same orderas they weregiven, they do cover basicallythe same material.I am grateful to Prof. Yoshiaki Maeda for inviting me to give these lectures,and to Prof. Martin Guest of Tokyo Metropolitan University, wheretwo of theselectures were also given. I greatly enjoyed their hospitality and the experienceof living in Tokyo.
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