Physics of Continuous Matter, Second Edition: Exotic and Everyday Phenomena in the Macroscopic World

B. Lautrup

March 22, 2011 by CRC Press
Textbook - 696 Pages - 135 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781420077001 - CAT# C7007

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  • Presents the necessary mathematical tools and physics on a "need-to-know" basis, avoiding lengthy and tedious mathematical preliminaries
  • Supplies mini-biographies of the major players in the historical development of continuum physics
  • Includes numerous worked examples and illustrations as well as end-of-chapter problems, with selected solutions at the back of the book
  • Provides software programs, color figures, additional problems with solutions, and much more on a companion website

Solutions manual available upon qualifying course adoption


Physics of Continuous Matter: Exotic and Everyday Phenomena in the Macroscopic World, Second Edition provides an introduction to the basic ideas of continuum physics and their application to a wealth of macroscopic phenomena. The text focuses on the many approximate methods that offer insight into the rich physics hidden in fundamental continuum mechanics equations. Like its acclaimed predecessor, this second edition introduces mathematical tools on a "need-to-know" basis.

New to the Second Edition
This edition includes three new chapters on elasticity of slender rods, energy, and entropy. It also offers more margin drawings and photographs and improved images of simulations. Along with reorganizing much of the material, the author has revised many of the physics arguments and mathematical presentations to improve clarity and consistency. The collection of problems at the end of each chapter has been expanded as well. These problems further develop the physical and mathematical concepts presented.

With worked examples throughout, this book clearly illustrates both qualitative and quantitative physics reasoning. It emphasizes the importance in understanding the physical principles behind equations and the conditions underlying approximations. A companion website provides a host of ancillary materials, including software programs, color figures, and additional problems.


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