Fundamentals of Applied Dynamics Hardback
by James H. Williams (School of Engineering Professor of Teaching Excellence; Charles F. Hopewell Jr.
Part of the The MIT Press series
An introductory engineering textbook by an award-winning MIT professor that covers the history of dynamics and the dynamical analyses of mechanical, electrical, and electromechanical systems. This introductory textbook offers a distinctive blend of the modern and the historical, seeking to encourage an appreciation for the history of dynamics while also presenting a framework for future learning.
The text presents engineering mechanics as a unified field, emphasizing dynamics but integrating topics from other disciplines, including design and the humanities. The book begins with a history of mechanics, suitable for an undergraduate overview.
Subsequent chapters cover such topics as three-dimensional kinematics; the direct approach, also known as vectorial mechanics or the momentum approach; the indirect approach, also called lagrangian dynamics or variational dynamics; an expansion of the momentum and lagrangian formulations to extended bodies; lumped-parameter electrical and electromagnetic devices; and equations of motion for one-dimensional continuum models.
The book is noteworthy in covering both lagrangian dynamics and vibration analysis.
The principles covered are relatively few and easy to articulate; the examples are rich and broad.
Summary tables, often in the form of flowcharts, appear throughout.
End-of-chapter problems begin at an elementary level and become increasingly difficult.
Appendixes provide theoretical and mathematical support for the main text.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 884 pages, 550 halftone illustrations; 1100 Illustrations, unspecified
- Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
- Publication Date: 17/12/2019
- Category: Mechanical engineering
- ISBN: 9780262039710