In this post we will see a book by A. N. Matveev titled Mechanics and Theory of Relativity.
About the book:
This is the first volume (second Russian edition) of a course on general physics (the second, third and fourth volumes were published in 1985 (Molecular Physics), 1986 (Electricity and Magnetism) and 1988 (Optics) respectively; the fifth volume (Atomic Physics) is under preparation).
This book provides the theoretical background. Of course, it also contains a description and analysis of physical phenomena, measurement of physical quantities, experimental methods of investigation, and other allied problems, but only from the point of view of theoretical understanding.
The curriculum of physics education in colleges at present aims at strengthening the basic level of knowledge. Physics is a leading discipline among fundamental sciences. Hence this book contains a detailed material on the measurement and determination of physical quantities, the role of abstractions, and the methods of physical investigation. Kinematics is treated not as a mathematical theory, but from a physical point of view. This allows the introduction of relativistic concepts of space and time, as well as Lorentz transformations, right at the beginning of the book. Consequently, the concepts of space and time, motion and material are linked inseparably in kinematics. The physical content of Newton’s laws is described in detail, different methods of substantiation of mechanics are reviewed critically, and the connection between the conservation laws and symmetry of space and time is established in a comprehensible form.
A modern specialist should not only acquire the basic skills, but also learn to effectively apply the results of physical studies to accelerate the pace of scientific progress. In this connection, we have also considered in this book problems like motion in non-inertial reference frames, inertial navigational systems, gyroscopic phenomena, motion of the artificial Earth’s satellites, dynamics of bodies of variable mass, motion in electromagnetic fields, relation between mass and energy. The same methodological approach has been used in writing
all the volumes of this course. Each chapter contains a resume of the basic ideas, and each section contains a formulation of the crux of the problems discussed in it. Examples have been chosen in such a way that they illustrate the methods of solving the most important problems.
Problems for independent work-out are included at the end of each chapter and answers are also provided. Brief formulations of the most important statements and formulas are provided throughout the book, and questions for testing the level of understanding of the material are also given in each section. The material is supplemented by a large number of diagrams. The appendices contain the necessary material for reference.
The book was translated from the Russian by Ram Wadhwa and was published first by Mir Publishers in 1989.
PDF | OCR | Cover | 600 dpi | Bookmarked | Paginated | 22.3 MB (22 MB Zipped) | 419 pages
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I had scanned this one some years back when we had GP, but the original scans are lost. The book was lent for scanning by a friend and I do not have physical copy anymore. The current copy is remade from the pdf/djvu that is floating around. The current copy is cleaned b/w version. We will see Electricity and Magnetism soon.