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This book provides an innovative and mathematically sound treatment of the foundations of analytical mechanics, and of the relation of classical mechanics to relativity and quantum theory. A distinguishing feature is its integration of special relativity into the teaching of classical mechanics. After a thorough review of the traditional theory, Part II of the book introduces extended Lagrangian and Hamiltonian methods that treat time as a transformable coordinate rather than the fixed parameter of Newtonian physics. Advanced topics such as covariant Langrangians and Hamiltonians, canonical tr ... More

*Keywords: *
analytical mechanics,
classical mechanics,
relativity,
quantum theory,
Hamiltonian methods,
transformable coordinate,
fixed parameter,
Newtonian physics,
covariant Langrangians,
canonical transformations

Print publication date: 2011 | Print ISBN-13: 9780191001628 |

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2013 | DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780191001628.001.0001 |

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## Front Matter

## Part I Introduction: The Traditional Theory

## Part II Mechanics with Time as a Coordinate

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