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Author Levi, Mark, 1951-
Title The mathematical mechanic : using physical reasoning to solve problems / Mark Levi.
Imprint Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2009.
Book Jacket
 Main Collection  QA63 .L48 2009    AVAILABLE


Call # QA63 .L48 2009
Phys. Description viii, 186 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references (p. [183]-184) and index.
Contents The Pythagorean theorem -- Minima and maxima -- Inequalities by electric shorting -- Center of mass : proofs and solutions -- Geometry and motion -- Computing integrals using mechanics -- The Euler-Lagrange equation via stretched springs -- Lenses, telescopes, and Hamiltonian mechanics -- A bicycle wheel and the Gauss-Bonnet theorem -- Complete variables made simple(r) -- Physical background.
Summary In this delightful book, Levi turns math and physics upside down, revealing how physics can simplify proofs and lead to quicker solutions and new theorems, and how physical solutions can illustrate why results are true in ways lengthy mathematical calculations never can.
Subject Problem solving.
Mathematical physics.
ISBN 9780691140209 (cloth : alk. paper) : $19.95
0691140200 (cloth : alk. paper)