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Computer algebra recipes for classical mechanics
Enns, Richard H.
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Boston : Birkhäuser, [2003]

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xii, 264 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm + 1 computer optical disc (4 3/4 in.)
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QA808 .E55 2003 Book and Software Set Non-Fiction Area

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This is a standalone, but the recipes are correlated with topics found in standard texts, and make use of MAPLE (Release 7). As a reference text, or self-study guide this book is useful for science professionals and engineers.; Good for the classroom correlates with topics found in standard classical mechanics texts.; This book makes use of the powerful computer algebra system MAPLE (Release 7) but no prior knowledge of MAPLE is presumed.; The relevant command structures are explained on a need-to-know basis as the recipes are developed, thus making this a standalone text.

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Enns (Simon Fraser Univ., British Columbia) and McGuire (University College of the Fraser Valley, British Columbia) provide a tour of basic and advanced topics in classical mechanics, beginning with vectors, kinematics, and Newtonian mechanics, before moving to intermediate methods, including vector calculus and Newtonian dynamics, and finally introducing the more challenging Lagrangian and Hamiltonian techniques. However, their purpose is not simply to rehash these classical topics, but rather to show how a computer algebra system (CAS) may be used as a pedagogical tool to carry out both standard numerical computations and complicated symbolic manipulations in the context of classical mechanics. The popular CAS software Maple is used, and the text introduces basic Maple commands and techniques along with the basic mechanics topics, gradually increasing the sophistication of the programming as the mechanics topics increase in difficulty. The accompanying CD-ROM includes many sample Maple programs and solutions. Other interesting features of the book include the use of a relevant quotation at the beginning of each section and the creation of story problems to introduce and illustrate virtually every topic, making the book more readable and accessible to students. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers; lower-division undergraduates through professionals. D. A. Pape Saginaw Valley State University

Table of Contents

Part I The Appetizers Vectors and Kinematics Newtonian Mechanics
Part II The Entrees Vector Calculus Newtonian Dynamics I Newtonian Dynamics II
Part III The Desserts Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Dynamics