Ordinary Differential Equations with Applications to Mechanics / Edition 1

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The present book has its source in the authors’ wish to create a bridge between the mathematical and the technical disciplines, which need a good knowledge of a strong mathematical tool. The necessity of such an interdisciplinary work drove the authors to publish a first book to this aim with Editura Tehnica, Bucharest, Romania.
The present book is a new, English edition of the volume published in 1999. It contains many improvements concerning the theoretical (mathematical) information, as well as new topics, using enlarged and updated references. Only ordinary differential equations and their solutions in an analytical frame were considered, leaving aside their numerical approach.
The problem is firstly stated in its mechanical frame. Then the mathematical model is set up, emphasizing on the one hand the physical magnitude playing the part of the unknown function and on the other hand the laws of mechanics that lead to an ordinary differential equation or system. The solution is then obtained by specifying the mathematical methods described in the corresponding theoretical presentation. Finally a mechanical interpretation of the solution is provided, this giving rise to a complete knowledge of the studied phenomenon.
The number of applications was increased, and many of these problems appear currently in engineering.

Mechanical and civil engineers, physicists, applied mathematicians, astronomers and students. The prerequisites are courses of elementary analysis and algebra, as given at a technical university. On a larger scale, all those interested in using mathematical models and methods in various fields, like mechanics, civil and mechanical engineering, and people involved in teaching or design will find this work indispensable.

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"The purpose of this book is to present a large variety of examples from mechanics which illustrate numerous applications of the elementary theory of ordinary differential equations. It is intended primarily for the use of engineers, physicists and applied mathematicians … . It may be also useful for students who will be using the ODEs. The book contains an introduction and seven chapters. … Each chapter is provided with many illustrative and applicable examples and an Index is also added, including applications." (Antonio Cañada Villar, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1123 (1), 2008)

"The goal of the authors of this introductory book on ordinary differential equations (ODEs) is to create a bridge between the mathematical and the technical disciplines. This book is a translation of the Romanian edition … . the authors wrote an interesting book for technical engineers and applied mathematicians who are interested in ODEs and in mechanics." (Wim T. van Horssen, Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2008 c)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789048173686
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 11/29/2010
  • Series: Mathematics and Its Applications (closed) Series , #585
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 488
  • Product dimensions: 1.01 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Table of Contents

PREFACE. INTRODUCTION. Generalities. Ordinary differential equations. Supplementary conditions associated to ODEs. The Cauchy (initial) problem.The two-point problem. 1: LINEAR ODEs OF FIRST AND SECOND ORDER. 1.1 Linear first order ODEs. 1.1.1 Equations of the form . 1.1.2 The linear homogeneous equation. 1.1.3 The general case. 1.1.4 The method of variation of parameters (Lagrange’s method). 1.1.5 Differential polynomials. 1.2 Linear second order ODEs. 1.2.1 Homogeneous equations. 1.2.2 Non-homogeneous equations. Lagrange’s method. 1.2.3 ODEs with constant coefficients. 1.2.4 Order reduction. 1.2.5 The Cauchy problem. Analytical methods to obtain the solution. 1.2.6 Two-point problems (Picard). 1.2.7 Sturm-Liouville problems. 1.2.8 Linear ODEs of special form. 1.3. Applications 2: LINEAR ODEs OF HIGHER ORDER (n >2). 2.1 The general study of linear ODEs of order . 2.1.1 Generalities. 2.1.2 Linear homogeneous ODEs. 2.1.3 The general solution of the non-homogeneous ODE. 2.1.4 Order reduction. 2.2 Linear ODEs with constant coefficients. 2.2.1 The general solution of the homogeneous equation. 2.2.2 The non-homogeneous ODE. 2.2.3 Euler type ODEs. 2.3 Fundamental solution. Green function. 2.3.1 The fundamental solution. 2.3.2 The Green function. 2.3.3 The non-homogeneous problem. 2.3.4 The homogeneous two-point problem. Eigenvalues. 2.4 Applications. 3: LINEAR ODSs OF FIRST ORDER. 3.1 The general study of linear first order ODSs. 3.1.1 Generalities. 3.1.2 The general solution of the homogeneous ODS. 3.1.3 The general solution of the non-homogeneous ODS. 3.1.4 Order reduction of homogeneous ODSs. 3.1.5 Boundary value problems for ODSs. 3.2 ODSs with constant coefficients. 3.2.1 The general solution of the homogeneous ODS. 3.2.2 Solutions in matrix form for linear ODSs with constant coefficients. 3.3 Applications. 4: NON-LINEAR ODEs OF FIRST AND SECOND ORDER. 4.1 First order non-linear ODEs. 4.1.1 Forms of first order ODEs and oftheir solutions. 4.1.2 Geometric interpretation. The theorem of existence and uniqueness. 4.1.3 Analytic methods for solving first order non-linear ODEs. 4.1.4. First order ODEs integrable by quadratures. 4.2 Non-linear second order ODEs. 4.2.1 Cauchy problems. 4.2.2 Two-point problems. 4.2.3 Order reduction of second order ODEs. 4.2.4 The Bernoulli-Euler equation. 4.2.5 Elliptic integrals. 4.3 Applications. 5: NON-LINEAR ODSs OF FIRST ORDER. 5.1 Generalities. 5.1.1 The general form of a first order ODS. 5.1.2 The existence and uniqueness theorem for the solution of the Cauchy problem. 5.1.3 The particle dynamics. 5.2 First integrals of an ODS. 5.2.1 Generalities. 5.2.2 The theorem of conservation of the kinetic energy. 5.2.3 The symmetric form of an ODS. Integral combinations. 5.2.4 Jacobi’s multiplier. The method of the last multiplier. 5.3 Analytical methods of solving the Cauchy problem for non-linear ODSs. 5.3.1 The method of successive approximations (Picard-Lindelõff). 5.3.2 The method of the Taylor series expansion. 5.3.3 The linear equivalence method (LEM). 5.4 Applications. 6: VARIATIONAL CALCULUS. 6.1 Necessary condition of extremum for functionals of integral type. 6.1.1 Generalities. 6.1.2 Functionals of the form….. 6.1.3 Functionals of the form….. 6.1.4 Functionals of integral type, depending on n functions. 6.2 Conditional extrema. 6.2.1 Isoperimetric problems. 6.2.2 Lagrange’s problem. 6.3 Applications. 7: STABILITY. 7.1 Lyapunov Stability. 7.1.1 Generalities. 7.1.2 Lyapunov’s theorem of stability. 7.2 The stability of the solutions of dynamical systems. 7.2.1 Autonomous dynamical systems. 7.2.2 Long term behaviour of the solutions. 7.3 Applications. INDEX. REFERENCES.

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