Tensor Calculus and Analytical Dynamics

1st Edition

John G. Papastavridis

CRC Press
Published December 18, 1998
Textbook - 448 Pages
ISBN 9780849385148 - CAT# 8514
Series: Engineering Mathematics

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Summary

Tensor Calculus and Analytical Dynamics provides a concise, comprehensive, and readable introduction to classical tensor calculus - in both holonomic and nonholonomic coordinates - as well as to its principal applications to the Lagrangean dynamics of discrete systems under positional or velocity constraints. The thrust of the book focuses on formal structure and basic geometrical/physical ideas underlying most general equations of motion of mechanical systems under linear velocity constraints.
Written for the theoretically minded engineer, Tensor Calculus and Analytical Dynamics contains uniquely accessbile treatments of such intricate topics as:
  • tensor calculus in nonholonomic variables
  • Pfaffian nonholonomic constraints
  • related integrability theory of Frobenius
    The book enables readers to move quickly and confidently in any particular geometry-based area of theoretical or applied mechanics in either classical or modern form.
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