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Look Inside Mechanics


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  • Date Published: May 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107676237

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  • Originally published in 1904, as part of the Cambridge Physical Series, this book was written to provide an accessible introduction to the principles of mechanics. The text analyses the principles as they developed in chronological order and places them in their historical context, with discussion of pioneering figures. Examples are included, but only where necessary and not in such abundance that they would confuse the reader. Illustrative figures are also incorporated throughout. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in mechanics, physics and the history of science.

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    • Date Published: May 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107676237
    • length: 356 pages
    • dimensions: 217 x 140 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part 1. The Winning of the Principles:
    1. Introduction
    2. The beginnings of statics. Archimedes. Problem of the lever and of the centre of gravity
    2. Experimental verification and applications of the principle of the lever
    3. The centre of gravity
    4. The balance
    5. Stevinus of Bruges. The principle of the inclined plane
    6. The parallelogram of forces
    7. The principle of virtual work
    8. Review of the principles of statics
    9. The beginnings of dynamics. Galileo. The problem of falling bodies
    10. Huyghens. The problem of uniform motion in a circle. 'Centrifugal force'
    11. Final statement of the principles of dynamics. Extension to the motions of the heavenly bodies. The law of universal gravitation. Newton
    Part II. Mathematical Statement of the Principles: Introduction
    12. Kinematics
    13. Kinetics of a particle moving in a straight line. The laws of motion
    14. Experimental verification of the laws of motion. Atwood's machine
    15. Work and energy
    16. The parallelogram law
    17. The composition and resolution of forces. Resultant. Component. Equilibrium
    18. Forces in one plane
    19. Friction
    Part III. Application to Various Problems:
    20. Motion on an inclined plane. Brachistochrones
    21. Projectiles
    22. Simple harmonic motion
    23. The simple pendulum
    24. Central forces. The law of gravitation
    25. Impact and impulsive forces
    Part IV. The Elements of Rigid Dynamics:
    26. The compound pendulum. Huyghens' solution
    27. D'alembert's principle
    28. Moment of inertia
    29. Experimental determination of moments of inertia
    30. Determination of the value of gravity by Kater's pendulum
    31. The constant of gravitation, or weighing the Earth. The Cavendish experiment
    Answers to the examples

  • Author

    John Cox

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