This textbook covers all the standard introductory topics in classical mechanics, including Newton's laws, oscillations, energy, momentum, angular momentum, planetary motion, and special relativity. It also explores more advanced topics, such as normal modes, the Lagrangian method, gyroscopic motion, fictitious forces, 4-vectors, and general relativity. It contains more than 250 problems with detailed solutions so students can easily check their understanding of the topic. There are also over 350 unworked exercises which are ideal for homework assignments. Password protected solutions are available to instructors at www.cambridge.org/9780521876223. The vast number of problems alone makes it an ideal supplementary text for all levels of undergraduate physics courses in classical mechanics. Remarks are scattered throughout the text, discussing issues that are often glossed over in other textbooks, and it is thoroughly illustrated with more than 600 figures to help demonstrate key concepts.

- Cover
- Title Page
- Copyright Page
- Dedication
- Contents
- Preface
- Chapter 1: Strategies for solving problems
- Chapter 2: Statics
- Chapter 3: Using F = ma
- Chapter 4: Oscillations
- Chapter 5: Conservation of energy and momentum
- Chapter 6: The Lagrangian method
- Chapter 7: Central forces
- Chapter 8: Angular momentum, Part I (Constant L)
- Chapter 9: Angular momentum, Part II (General L)
- Chapter 10: Accelerating frames of reference
- Chapter 11: Relativity (Kinematics)
- Chapter 12: Relativity (Dynamics)
- Chapter 13: 4-vectors
- 14 General Relativity
- Appendix A Useful formulas
- Appendix B Multivariable, vector calculus
- Appendix C F = ma vs. F = dp/dt
- Appendix D Existence of principal axes
- Appendix E Diagonalizing matrices
- Appendix F Qualitative relativity questions
- Appendix G Derivations of the Lv/c2 result
- Appendix H Resolutions to the twin paradox
- Appendix I Lorentz transformations
- Appendix J Physical constants and data
- References
- Index