Publisher description for Analytical dynamics : a new approach / Firdaus E. Udwadia and Robert E. Kalaba.
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Constrained motion is of paramount importance in the design and analysis of mechanical systems and central to the study of analytical dynamics. The problem of constrained motion was first posed over two hundred years ago, and it has been worked on vigorously ever since. This book offers a fresh, new approach to the subject. Eminently readable, it is written as an introduction to analytical dynamics, with emphasis on fundamental concepts in mechanics. The recently developed connection between generalised inverses of matrices and constrained motion is a central theme. The book begins with a description of the motion of a particle subjected to holonomic and nonholonomic constraints and presents explicit equations of motion. Examples are provided throughout the book, and carefully formulated problems at the end of each chapter reinforce the material covered. This new, computationally appealing approach will be useful to students in engineering and the applied sciences.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Dynamics