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Predicting Motion

1st Edition

By Robert Lambourne

CRC Press

260 pages

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Predicting Motion presents the core ideas of Newtonian mechanics, starting from Newton's laws and the idea that changes in motion are predictable given the forces that cause them. Richly illustrated with questions and answers for self-assessment, it carefully introduces concepts, such as kinetics and potential energy, linear momentum, torque (the rotational analogue of force), and angular momentum, and explains their role in predicting motion. Although no prior knowledge of this topic is required, the book focuses on the significance of differential equations in making such predictions. It also provides an up-to-date treatment of mechanics with accounts of relativistic collisions and the implications of chaos theory for the future of the solar system and for galaxies that contain black holes.

Table of Contents

Introduction

FORCES AND NEWTON'S LAWS

Voyager's Odyssey-An Example of Newton's Laws

Newton's Laws and the Definition of Force

Some Familiar Forces

Forces and Motion

Closing Items

WORK, ENERGY, AND POWER

Power

Escaping the Earth-An Application of Energy

Work and Kinetic Energy

Work and Potential Energy

Power

Energy in Oscillating Systems

Closing

LINEAR MOMENTUM AND COLLISIONS

Discovering the Atomic Nucleus-An Example

Linear Momentum

Collisions and Conservation Laws

TORQUE AND ANGULAR MOMENTUM

Precession-An Example of Rotational Dynamics

Torque

Equilibrium and Statics

Rotational Energy and Moments of Inertia

Angular Momentum

CHAOTIC MOTION

Is Motion Always Predictable?

What Is Chaos?

Examples of Chaos

CONSOLIDATION AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

Introduction

Overview of Chapters 1 to 5

Problem-Solving Skills

Basic Skills and Knowledge Test

Interactive Questions

Physica Problems

Answers to Questions

Index

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCI005000
SCIENCE / Astrophysics & Space Science
SCI055000
SCIENCE / Physics