Book:Analytical Classical Dynamics

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Title:Analytical Classical Dynamics
Author:Richard Fitzpatrick
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License:standard copyright
Description:Here are the online lecture notes to Professor Fitzpatrick’s upper-level physics course. The notes are viewable online-only, and appear to be complete and well maintained. If you can understand the quote below, this book’s for you.

From the site:

The scope of this course is indicated by its title, ``Analytical Classical Dynamics’’. Taking the elements of the title in reverse order, ``Dynamics’’ is the study of the motions of the various objects in the world around us. A mathematical theory of dynamics is an axiomatic system, ultimately based on a few fundamental laws, which can be used to both understand and predict these motions. By ``Classical”, we understand that the theory of motion which we are going to use in our investigation of dynamics is that first published by Isaac Newton in 1687. We now know that this theory is only approximately true. The theory breaks down when the velocities of the objects under investigation approach the speed of light, and must be replaced by Einstein’s special theory of relativity. The theory also breaks down on the atomic and subatomic scales, and must be replaced by quantum mechanics. In this course, we shall neglect both relativistic and quantum effects entirely. It follows that we must restrict our investigation to the motions of large (compared to an atom) slow (compared to the speed of light) objects.


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