## An Introduction to MechanicsIn the years since it was first published in 1973 by McGraw-Hill, this classic introductory textbook has established itself as one of the best-known and most highly regarded descriptions of Newtonian mechanics. Intended for undergraduate students with foundation skills in mathematics and a deep interest in physics, it systematically lays out the principles of mechanics: vectors, Newton's laws, momentum, energy, rotational motion, angular momentum and noninertial systems, and includes chapters on central force motion, the harmonic oscillator, and relativity. Numerous worked examples demonstrate how the principles can be applied to a wide range of physical situations, and more than 600 figures illustrate methods for approaching physical problems. The book also contains over 200 challenging problems to help the student develop a strong understanding of the subject. Password-protected solutions are available for instructors at www.cambridge.org/9780521198219. |

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### Contents

VECTORS 1 1 INTRODUCTION | 2 |

4 BASE VECTORS | 10 |

celeration of a Bead on a Spoke 37 1 17 Radial Motion without Accelera | 38 |

NEWTONS 2 1 INTRODUCTION | 52 |

FOUNDATIONS Newtons First Law 55 Newtons Second Law 56 Newtons Third Law | 59 |

NEWTONS EXAMPLES CHAPTER 2 | 60 |

MOMENTUM 3 1 INTRODUCTION | 112 |

MOMENTUM EXAMPLES CHAPTER 3 | 122 |

CENTRAL 9 1 INTRODUCTION | 378 |

CENTRAL EXAMPLES CHAPTER 9 | 388 |

THE 10 1 INTRODUCTION AND REVIEW | 410 |

THE EXAMPLES CHAPTER 10 | 411 |

THE 11 1 THE NEED FOR A NEW MODE OF THOUGHT | 442 |

3 THE POSTULATES OF SPECIAL RELATIVITY | 450 |

THE EXAMPLES CHAPTER 11 | 455 |

RELATIVISTIC 12 1 INTRODUCTION | 462 |

WORK 4 1 INTRODUCTION | 152 |

SOME | 202 |

ANGULAR | 232 |

AND FIXED AXIS of the Conical Pendulum | 237 |

RIGID BODY 7 1 INTRODUCTION | 288 |

RIGID BODY EXAMPLES CHAPTER 7 | 291 |

3 THE GYROSCOPE | 295 |

1 INTRODUCTION | 340 |

RELATIVISTIC EXAMPLES CHAPTER 12 | 465 |

13 | 487 |

RELATIVISTIC EXAMPLES CHAPTER 13 | 492 |

FOUR 14 1 INTRODUCTION | 516 |

FOUR EXAMPLES CHAPTER 14 | 519 |

The Four | 526 |

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acceleration amplitude angle angular momentum angular velocity applied approximation assume atoms axes axis axle block center of mass central force chapter collision component conservation Consider constant coordinate system Coriolis force damped differential direction displacement distance earth equation of motion equilibrium evaluate Example fictitious forces force F forces acting frequency friction frictionless function Galilean transformations gravitational field gravitational force gyroscope Hence horizontal inertial system initial instantaneous interaction kinetic energy length line integral magnitude mechanics moment of inertia Newton's laws Newton's second law newtonian observer orbit origin particle moves path pendulum perpendicular physics pivot polar coordinates potential energy precession problem radial radius relative rest result rigid body rope rotation shown simple simple harmonic motion sin2 sketch solution speed spin spring surface tangential term tion torque uniform unit vector vertical weight work-energy theorem zero