Advanced Mechanics and General Relativity

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Advanced Mechanics and General Relativity

By Joel Franklin

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Aimed at advanced undergraduates with background knowledge of classical mechanics and electricity and magnetism, this textbook presents both the particle dynamics relevant to general relativity, and the field dynamics necessary to understand the theory. Focusing on action extremization, the book develops the structure and predictions of general relativity by analogy with familiar physical systems. Topics ranging from classical field theory to minimal surfaces and relativistic strings are covered in a homogeneous manner. Nearly 150 exercises and numerous examples throughout the textbook enable students to test their understanding of the material covered. A tensor manipulation package to help students overcome the computational challenge associated with general relativity is available on a site hosted by the author. A link to this and to a solutions manual can be found at www.cambridge.org/9780521762458.

Subject: Physical & Earth Sciences -> Astronomy -> Stars & Galaxies

Advanced Mechanics and General Relativity
1st edition
Publisher: Cambridge University Press 7/8/10
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Language: English

ISBN 10: 1139636618
ISBN 13: 9781139636612
Print ISBN: 9780521762458

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