It seems that you're in Germany. We have a dedicated site for Germany. Authors: French , A. This book is, in essence, an updated and revised version of an earlier textbook, Newtonian Mechanics, written about fifteen years ago by one of us APF and published in The book has been significantly changed in emphasis as well as length.

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Goldstein H. Jump to Page. Search inside document. Newtonian Mechanics A. Collision processes in 1wo dimensions Elastic nuclear collisions — Inelastic and explosive processes What is a collision? Same exampes ofthe energy method " The harmon sell bythe nergy metod SinaDosclons in gveel 95 The ner csllatr asa to-boty protien Coton process mcling every sorge 00 Theduaomie moleoue roetene aI! The Center was established by M.

Friedman as its Director. Since the Center has been sup- ported mainly by the National Science Foundation; generous support has also been received from the Kettering Foundation, the Shell Companies Foundation, the Victoria Foundation, the W.

Grant Foundation, and the Bing Foundation. Introductory Physics Series, a direct outgrowth of the Center's work, is designed to be a set of short books that, taken collectively, span the main areas of basic physics.

The series seeks to emphasize the interaction of experiment and intui- tion in generating physical theories. The various volumes are intended to be compatible in level and style of treatment but are not conceived asa tightly knit package; on the contrary, each book is designed to be reasonably self-contained and usable as an individual com ponent in many different course structures.

A rough guide to the possible use of the book is suggested by its division into three parts. Firs, it does discuss the basic concepts of kinematics and dynamics, more or less from scratch. Second, it seeks to place the study of mechanics squarely in the context of the world of physical phenomena and of necessarily imperfect physical theories. Part Il, Classical Mechanics at Work, is undoubtedly the heart of the book.

Some instructors will wish to begin here, and relegate Part I to the status of background reading. Later, the emphasis shifts to systems of two or more particles, and to the conservation laws for momentum and energy. Part III, Some Special Topics, concerns itself with the prob- lems of noninertial frames, central-force motions, and rotational dynamics.

Most of this material, except perhaps the fundamental features of rotational motion and angular momentum, could be regarded as optional if this book is used as the basis of a genuinely introductory presentation of mechanics. Enriched in this way by its own history, classical mechanics has an excitement that is not, in this author's view, surpassed by any of the more recent fields of physical thory. This book, like the others in the series, owes much to the thoughts, criticisms, and suggestions of many people, both students and instructors.

Hudson, of Occiden- tal College, Los Angeles, who worked with the present author ia the preparation of the preliminary text from which, five years later, this final version evolved. Grateful thanks are also due to Eva M, Hakala and William H, Ingham for their invaluable help in preparing the manuscript for publication. Sometimes mechanics is presented as, though it consisted merely of the routine application of self evident or revealed truths. Nothing could be further from the case; itis a superb example of a physical theory, slowly evolved and refined through the continuing interplay between observation and hypothesis.

Jourdain, who learned that he had been speaking prose all his life without realizing it, every human being is an expert in the consequences of the laws of mechanics, whether or not he has ever seen these laws written down. It has been estimated, for example, that the World Series baseball championship would have changed hands in if one crucial swing at the ball had been a mere millimeter lower. It is the task of classical mechanies to discover and formulate the essential principles, so that they can be applied to any situation, pat- ticularly to inanimate objects interacting with one another.

Our intimate familiarity with our own muscular actions and their consequences, although it represents a kind of understanding and an important kind, too , does not help us much here. They had noticed various regularities and had learned to predict such things as conjunctions of the planets and eclipses of the sun and moon.

His assistant, Johannes Kepler, after wresting with this enormous body of in- formation for years, found that all the observations could be summarized as follows: 1. The planets move in ellipses having the sun at one focus. If universal gravitation had done no more than to relate planetary periods and distances, it would still have been a splen- did theory. But, like any other good theory in physics, it had predictive value; that is, it could be applied to situations besides the ones from which it was deduced, Investigating the predic- tions of a theory may involve looking for hitherto unsuspected phenomena, or it may involve recognizing that an already familiar phenomenon must ft into the new framework.

Here are some of the phenomena for which Newton proceeded to give quantitative explanations: 1, The bulging of the earth and Jupiter because of their rotation, 2.

Newton had, in the theory of universal gravitation, created what would be called today a mathematical model of the solar system. And having once made the model, he followed out a host of its other implications. The working out was purely mathematical, but the final step—the test of the conclusions— involved a return to the world of physical experience, in the detailed checking of his predictions against the quantitative data of astronomy.

Although Newton's mechanical picture of the universe was amply confirmed in his own time, he did not live to see some of its greatest triumphs. Perhaps the most impressive of these was the use of his laws to identify previously unrecognized mem- bers of the solar system. By a painstaking and lengthy analy of the motions of the known planets, it was inferred that dis- turbing influences due to other planets must be at work.

In each case it was a matter of deducing where a telescope should 'be pointed to reveal a new planet, identifiable through its chang- ing position with respect to the general background of the stars. And this may make it hard to realize that, as with any other physical theory, its development was not just a matter of mathematical logic applied undis- criminatingly to a mass of data, Was Newton inexorably driven to the inverse-square law?

By no means. It is a process of induction, and it goes beyond the facts immediately at hand. In the rectangular Cartesian system we shall denote the unit vectors in the x and y directions by i and j, respectively.

As we shall see, however, it becomes very important as soon as we consider motions rather than static displacements, for motions will often have a component per- pendicular to r. Figure shows two examples—one a non- orthogonal system based on straight axes, and the other an orthogonal system based on two sets of intersecting curves.

Such systems are introduced to capitalize on the kinds of symmetry that particular physical systems may possess. You may note that the two- dimensional coordinate system, as shown in Fig. Notice that three dimensions requires three independent co- ordinates, whatever particular form they may take. The distance is, as with plane polar coordinates, the distance r from the chosen crigin, One of the angles [the one shown as in Fig.

The other angle represents the angle between the zx plane and the plane defined by the z axis andr. It can be found by drawing a perpendicular PN from the end point P of r onto the xy plane and measuring the angle be- tween the positive x axis and the projection ON. This angle y is called the azimuth. This need not become a cause for confusion, but one does need to be on the alert for the inconsistency of these conventions.

This is indicated in Fig. This entails calling north latitudes positive and south latitudes negative. We know there are two particularly Our representation of the vector r in Eq, as the sum of the individual vectors xi and 4 is an example of such a combination. This simple and familiar property of linear displacements exemplifies an essential feature of all those quantities we call vectors and is not confined to combinations at right angles.

Thus, for example, in Fig. This is what we mean by adding the vectors A, B, and C. The order in which vectors are added is of no consequence; thus successive displacements of an object can be combined according.

What we mean by a vector quantity, in general, is that it is a directed quantity obeying the same laws of combination as positional displacements, We shall often be concerned with forming a numerical multiple of a given vector.

A positive multiplier, n, means that wwe change the length of the vector by the factor n without chang- ing its direction. A negative multiplier, —n, then defines a vector reversed in diree- tion and changed in length by the factor n.

These operations are illustrated in Fig. Subtracting one veetor from another is accomplished by noting that subtraction basically involves the addition of a nega tive quantity. In Fig. In discussing the description of a given vector in terms of its components, we have indicated that this is a process that can be operated in either direction.

There is, however, an important difference between these two operations. This product is also called the dot product because it is conventionally written as AB. If one were to take this no further, the above development would seem perhaps pointlessly complicated.

Consider, for example, the situation shown in Fig. A second equation can be obtained by forming the scalar product throughout with e, instead of e;, and it then becomes possible to solve for s; and s2 separately. Let us therefore point out that it depends crucially on having cour space obey the rules of Euclidean geometry.

If we are dealing with displacements confined to a two-dimensional world as represented by a surface, it is essential that this surface be flat. As long as displacements are small compared to the radius of the curvature, our surface is for practical pur- poses flat, our observations conform to Euclidean plane geometry, and all is well.

But if the displacements along the surface are sufficiently great, this idealization cannot be used. For example, 1 displacement miles eastward from a point on the equator, followed by a displacement miles northward, does not bring one to the same place as two equivalent displacements ie. Sce Fig. For example, we could take the results of sensitive measurements on the difference between the two possible ways of making two successive displacements fon a sphere and use the data to deduce the radius of the sphere.

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## Newtonian Mechanics

A rough guide to the possible use of the book is suggested by its division into three parts. First, it does discuss the basic concepts of kinematics and dynamics, more or less from scratch. Second, it seeks to place the study of mechanics squarely in the context of the world of physical phenomena and of necessarily imperfect physical theories. The initial emphasis is on Newton's second law applied to individual objects. Later, the emphasis shifts to systems of two or more particles, and to the conservation laws for momentum and energy. A fairly lengthy chapter is devoted to the subject that deserves pride of place in the whole Newtonian scheme-the theory of universal gravitation and its successes, which can still be appreciated as a pinnacle in man's attempts to discover order in the vast universe in which he finds himself.

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