Geometric mechanics / Waldyr Muniz Oliva.Material type: TextSeries: Lecture notes in mathematics (Springer-Verlag) ; 1798.Publication details: Berlin ; New York : Springer, ©2002. Description: 1 online resource (xi, 270 pages) : illustrationsContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9783540457954; 354045795XReport number: V1043227Subject(s): Mechanics, Analytic | Geometry, Differential | Geometry, Differential | Mechanics, AnalyticGenre/Form: Electronic books. | Electronic books. Additional physical formats: Print version:: Geometric mechanics.DDC classification: 510 s | 531 LOC classification: QA3 | .L28 no. 1798 | QA805Online resources: Click here to access online
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 259-261) and index.
Introduction -- Differentiable manifolds -- Vector fields, differential forms and tensor fields -- Pseudo-riemannian manifolds -- Newtonian mechanics -- Mechanical systems on riemannian manifolds -- Mechanical Systems with non-holonomic constraints -- Hyperbolicity and Anosov systems -- Vakonomic mechanics -- Special relativity -- General relativity -- Appendix A: Hamiltonian and Lagrangian formalism -- Appendix B: Mbius transformations and the Lorentz group -- Appendix C: Quasi-Maxwell equations -- Appendix D: Viscosity solutions and Aubry-Mather theory.
Geometric Mechanics here means mechanics on a pseudo-riemannian manifold and the main goal is the study of some mechanical models and concepts, with emphasis on the intrinsic and geometric aspects arising in classical problems. The first seven chapters are written in the spirit of Newtonian Mechanics while the last two ones as well as two of the four appendices describe the foundations and some aspects of Special and General Relativity. All the material has a coordinate free presentation but, for the sake of motivation, many examples and exercises are included in order to exhibit the desirable flavor of physical applications.