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Dynamics of Particles and Rigid Bodies by Anil Rao

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Chapter 1

Introductory Concepts

The scientist does not study nature because it is useful; he studies it because he delights in it, and he delights in it because it is beautiful. If nature were not beautiful, it would not be worth knowing, and if nature were not worth knowing, life would not be worth living.

- Jules Henri Poincaré (1854–1912)

French Mathematician and Physicist

Mechanics is the study of the effect that physical forces have on objects. Dynamics is the particular branch of mechanics that deals with the study of the effect that forces have on the motion of objects. Dynamics is itself divided into two branches called Newtonian dynamics and relativistic dynamics. Newtonian dynamics is the study of the motion of objects that travel ...

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