NEWTONIAN MECHANICS: Experimental facts. Investigation of the equations of motion.- LAGRANGIAN MECHANICS: Variational principles. Lagrangian mechanics on manifolds. Oscillations. Rigid Bodies..- HAMILTONIAN MECHANICS: Differential forms. Symplectic manifolds. Canonical formalism. Introduction to perturbation theory.- Appendices.
This book constructs the mathematical apparatus of classical mechanics from the beginning, examining basic problems in dynamics like the theory of oscillations and the Hamiltonian formalism. The author emphasizes geometrical considerations and includes phase spaces and flows, vector fields, and Lie groups. Discussion includes qualitative methods of the theory of dynamical systems and of asymptotic methods like averaging and adiabatic invariance.
This text begins with the basic facts of classical mechanics and proceeds to examine many important questions in dynamics. This modern approach, based on the theory of the geometry of manifolds, distinguishes itself from the traditional approach of standard textbooks. Geometrical considerations are emphasized throughout.