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Published: 19 May 2011

656 Pages | 89 b/w line drawings


ISBN: 9780191001628

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Analytical Mechanics for Relativity and Quantum Mechanics

Second Edition

Oliver Johns

Oxford Graduate Texts

  • Modern graduate text on analytical mechanics
  • Treats time as a transformable coordinate integrating special relativity with other, more traditional topics
  • Introduces notations and methods directly transferrable to quantum mechanics
  • Highlights the interface between classical and quantum mechanics
  • Pedagogic style, including many exercises, while maintaining mathematical precision for deeper understanding

New to this Edition:

  • Part I contains new chapters on Central Force Motion (Chapter 11) and ScatteringTheory (Chapter 12) and has added introductory material on time-independent canonical transformations to the chapter Introduction to Hamiltonian Mechanics (Chapter 4).
  • These additions allow a more flexible use of the text. Part I becomes a self-contained introductory Analytical Mechanics course. The instructor can then choose specific topics from the advanced material in Part II to suit the needs of particular student groups. After the short preparatory Chapters 13, 14, and 15 of Part II, the course can take either a relativity track with Chapters 16, 17, and 18, or an advanced classical and quantum track with Chapters 19, 20, and 21.