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CHAPTER 10 Rotational Motion of Rigid Bodies 367 10.1 Properties of the Center of Mass 367 10.2 Rotation about a Fixed Axis 372 10.3 Rotation about Any Axis; the Inertia Tensor 378 10.4 Principal Axes of Inertia 387 10.5 Finding the Principal Axes; Eigenvalue Equations 389 10.6 Precession of a Top due to a Weak Torque 392 10.7 Euler's Equations 394 10.8 Euler's Equations with Zero Torque 397 not covered 10.9 Euler Angles * 401 10.10 Motion of a Spinning Top* 403 Principal Definitions and Equations of Chapter 10 407 Problems for Chapter 10 408 CHAPTER 11 Coupled Oscillators and Normal Modes 417 11.1 Two Masses and Three Springs 417 11.2 Identical Springs and Equal Masses 421 11.3 Two Weakly Coupled Oscillators 426 11.4 Lagrangian Approach: The Double Pendulum 430 11.5 The General Case 436 11.6 Three Coupled Pendulums 441 11.7 Normal Coordinates * 444 Principal Definitions and Equations of Chapter 11 447 Problems for Chapter 11 448 not covered CHAPTER 12 Nonlinear Mechanics and Chaos 457 CHAPTER 13 Hamiltonian Mechanics 521 13.1 The Basic Variables 522 13.2 Hamilton's Equations for One-Dimensional Systems 524 13.3 Hamilton's Equations in Several Dimensions 528 13.4 Ignorable Coordinates 535 13.5 Lagrange's Equations vs. Hamilton's Equations 536 13.6 Phase-Space Orbits 538 not covered 13.7 Liouville's Theorem* 543 Principal Definitions and Equations of Chapter 13 550 Problems for Chapter 13 550 CHAPTER 14 Collision Theory 557 14.1 The Scattering Angle and Impact Parameter 558 14.2 The Collision Cross Section 560 14.3 Generalizations of the Cross Section 563 14.4 The Differential Scattering Cross Section 568 14.5 Calculating the Differential Cross Section 572 14.6 Rutherford Scattering 574 not covered 14.7 Cross Sections in Various Frames * 579 not covered 14.8 Relation of the CM and Lab Scattering Angles * 582 Principal Definitions and Equations of Chapter 14 586 Problems for Chapter 14 587 CHAPTER 15 Special Relativity 595 15.1 Relativity 596 15.2 Galilean Relativity 596 15.3 The Postulates of Special Relativity 601 15.4 The Relativity of Time; Time Dilation 603 15.5 Length Contraction 608 15.6 The Lorentz Transformation 610 15.7 The Relativistic Velocity-Addition Formula 615 15.8 Four-Dimensional Space-Time; Four-Vectors 617 15.9 The Invariant Scalar Product 623 15.10 The Light Cone 625 15.11 The Quotient Rule and Doppler Effect 630 15.12 Mass, Four-Velocity, and Four-Momentum 633 15.13 Energy, the Fourth Component of Momentum 638 15.14 Collisions 644 15.15 Force in Relativity 649 15.16 Massless Particles; the Photon 652 not covered 15.17 Tensors* 656 15.18 Electrodynamics and Relativity 660 Principal Definitions and Equations of Chapter 15 664 Problems for Chapter 15 666 CHAPTER 16 Continuum Mechanics 681 16.1 Transverse Motion of a Taut String 682 16.2 The Wave Equation 685 not covered 16.3 Boundary Conditions; Waves on a Finite String * 688 16.4 The Three-Dimensional Wave Equation 694 16.5 Volume and Surface Forces 697 16.6 Stress and Strain: The Elastic Moduli 701 16.7 The Stress Tensor 704 16.8 The Strain Tensor for a Solid 709 16.9 Relation between Stress and Strain: Hooke's Law 715 16.10 The Equation of Motion for an Elastic Solid 718 16.11 Longitudinal and Transverse Waves in a Solid 721 not covered 16.12 Fluids: Description of the Motion * 723 not covered 16.13 Waves in a Fluid* 727 Principal Definitions and Equations of Chapter 16 730

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