The knowledge of classical mechanics is vital for understanding advanced technologies in several areas such as automation, industrial process control, and aerospace.
The present text is an outcome of the author's long experience in teaching this subject to postgraduate students and his work as a scientist in the area of satellite/rocket motion at Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre. The basic concepts and principles of mechanics are explained in clear, simple terms and illustrated through several examples.
Keeping student accessibility in mind, the book is written in an expository manner aimed at conveying a deep and coherent understanding of the dynamics of a system of particles, kinematics of a rigid body motion, dynamics of a rigid body in space, and orbital motion. This is followed by the description of Lagrange and Hamilton methods and the special theory of relativity.
New topics such as rocket dynamics along with vehicle optimization and three-body and n-body problems are also presented for the benefit of those students who wish to pursue advanced study in celestial/space mechanics.
Solved examples and exercises reinforce conceptual understanding and highlight application of principles to real-world problems. Multiple-choice questions are modelled on examination pattern of various Indian universities, GATE and other competitive examinations.
The book is well suited for postgraduate students of mathematics, physics, and engineering, particularly those studying aerospace, civil and mechanical engineering. Scientists and engineers engaged in the design of multi-stage rockets and study of orbits of satellites would also find the book a useful, compact source of reference.