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one of the most important of all analytical results as regards usefulness in physical science. In the Appendices to that chapter we have introduced an extension of Green's Theorem, and a treatise on the remarkable functions known as Laplace's Coefficients. There can be but one opinion as to the beauty and utility of this analysis of Laplace; but the manner in which it has been hitherto presented has seemed repulsive to the ablest mathematicians, and difficult to ordinary mathematical students. In the simplified and symmetrical form in which we give it, it will be found quite within the reach of readers moderately familiar with modern mathematical methods.

In the second chapter we give Newton's Laws of Motion in his own words, and with some of his own comments—every attempt that has yet been made to supersede them having ended in utter failure. Perhaps nothing so simple, and at the same time so comprehensive, has ever been given as the foundation of a system in any of the sciences. The dynamical use of the Generalized Coordinates of LAGRANGE, and the Varying Action of HAMILTON, with kindred matter, complete the cbapter.

The third chapter, “ Experience,” treats briefly of Observation and Experiment as the basis of Natural Philosophy.

The fourth chapter deals with the fundamental Units, and the chief Instruments used for the measurement of Time, Space, and Force.

Thus closes the First Division of the work, which is strictly preliminary, and to which we have limited the present issue.

This new edition has been thoroughly revised, and very considerably extended. The more important additions are to be found in the Appendices to the first chapter, especially that devoted to Laplace's Coefficients; also at the end of the second chapter, where a very full investigation of the "cycloidal motion" of systems is now given; and in Appendix B', which describes a number of continuous calculating machines invented and constructed since the publication of our first edition. A great improvement has been made in the treatment of Lagrange's Generalized Equations of Motion.

We believe that the mathematical reader will especially profit by a perusal of the large type portion of this volume; as he will thus be forced to think out for himself what he has been too often accustomed to reach by a mere mechanical application of analysis. Nothing can be more fatal to progress than a too confident reliance on mathematical symbols; for the student is only too apt to take the easier course, and consider the formula and not the fact as the physical reality.

In issuing this new edition, of a work which has been for several years out of print, we recognise with legitimate satisfaction the very great improvement which has recently taken place in the more elementary works on Dynamics published in this country, and which we cannot but attribute, in great part, to our having effectually recalled to its deserved position Newton's system of elementary definitions, and Laws of Motion.

We are much indebted to Mr BURNSIDE and Prof. CHRYSTAL for the pains they have taken in reading proofs and verifying formulas; and we confidently hope that few erratums of serious consequence will now be found in the work,

W. THOMSON.

P. G. TAIT.

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Free rotation of a Body kinetically symmetrical about an axis

Communication of Angular Velocity equally between Inclined

Axes—Hooke's Joint Universal Flexure Joint-Elastic

Universal Flexure Joint — Moving Body attached to a

Fixed Object by a Universal Flexure Joint-Two Degrees

of Freedom to move enjoyed by a Body thus suspended.

General Motion of one Rigid Body touching another-Curve

rolling on Curve-Plane Curves not in same Plane-

Curve rolling on Curve; two degrees of freedom-Curve

rolling on Surface; three degrees of freedom - Trace

prescribed and no Spinning permitted; two degrees of

freedom -- Angular Velocity of direct Rolling - Angular

Velocity round Tangent – Surface on Surface - Both

traces prescribed ; one degree of freedom

Twist Estimation of Integral Twist in a Plane Curve; in

a Curve consisting of plane portions in different Planes;

in a continuously Tortuous Curve—Dynamics of Twist

in Kinks

Surface rolling on Surface; both traces given

Surface rolling on Surface without spinning

Examples of Tortuosity and Twist

Curvature of Surface-Synclastic and Anticlastic Surfaces-

Meunier's Theorem - Euler's Theorem - Definition of

Line of Curvature-Shortest Line between two points

on a Surface - Spherical Excess Area of Spherical

Polygon-Reciprocal Polars on a Sphere-Integral change

of direction in a Surface-Change of direction in a Sur-

face of any arc traced on it

Integral Curvature-Curvatura integra-Horograph--Change

of direction round the boundary in the surface, together

with area of horograph, equals four right angles: or "In-

tegral Curvature” equals Curvatura integra"

Analogy between Lines and Surfaces as regards Curvature-

Horograph-Area of the Horograph .

139-153

Analysis of a Strain into Distortion and Rotation

182

183-185

1864-190

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Pure Strain-Composition of Pure Strains
Displacement of a Curve—Tangential Displacement-Tan-

gential Displacement of a Closed Curve-Rotation of a
Rigid Closed Curve-Tangential Displacement in a Solid,
in terms of Components of Strain-Heterogeneous Strain
-Homogeneous Strain Infinitely small Strain---Most
general Motion of Matter-Change of Position of a Rigid

Body-Non-rotational Strain-Displacement Function

"Equation of Continuity"-Integral Equation of Continuity--

Differential Equation of Continuity—“Steady Motion"

defined.

Freedom and Constraint-Of a Point-of a Rigid Body-Geo-

metrical Clamp--Geometrical Slide-Examples of Geo-

metrical Slide-Examples of Geometrical Clamps and

Slides_One Degree of Constraint of the most general

character—Mechanical Illustration-One Degree of Con-

straint expressed analytically

Generalized Co-ordinates - of a Point--of any system

Generalized Components of Velocity-Examples

191-194

195–201

202--201

APPENDIX Ag.-Expression in Generalized Co-ordinates for Poisson's

Extension of Laplace's Equation.

APPENDIX A. --Extension of Green's Theorem.

APPENDIX B.-Spherical Harmonic Analysis.

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