Mary Lunn

“For students who are unfamiliar with mechanics, this textbook offers a straightforward introduction. The content was designed with this audience in mind and is based on courses taught to first- and second-year undergraduates. The only prerequisites are a fundamental understanding of vectors, matrices, and basic mathematics. The author’s goal is to explain Newtonian mechanics using the techniques of contemporary algebra. The principles of the motion of rigid bodies—laws, Newton’s forces, linear and angular momentum, and the conservation of energy—are covered in the book’s first few chapters. Later chapters deepen and broaden the Lagrangian mechanic’s theory, including applications to impulsive forces. Numerous practical examples and exercises (some with solutions) are used to demonstrate the idea throughout.”