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Elementary Mechanics Using Matlab

A Modern Course Combining Analytical and Numerical Techniques


  • Novel approach combining computational and analytical methods

  • Contains many figures and plots

  • Each chapter comes with exercises and solutions


Part of the Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics book series (ULNP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Anders Malthe-Sorenssen
    Pages 1-7
  3. Anders Malthe-Sorenssen
    Pages 9-29
  4. Anders Malthe-Sorenssen
    Pages 31-41
  5. Anders Malthe-Sorenssen
    Pages 43-81
  6. Anders Malthe-Sorenssen
    Pages 83-137
  7. Anders Malthe-Sorenssen
    Pages 139-181
  8. Anders Malthe-Sorenssen
    Pages 183-213
  9. Anders Malthe-Sorenssen
    Pages 215-228
  10. Anders Malthe-Sorenssen
    Pages 229-267
  11. Anders Malthe-Sorenssen
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  12. Anders Malthe-Sorenssen
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  13. Anders Malthe-Sorenssen
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  14. Anders Malthe-Sorenssen
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  15. Anders Malthe-Sorenssen
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  16. Anders Malthe-Sorenssen
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  17. Anders Malthe-Sorenssen
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  18. Back Matter
    Pages 555-590

About this book


This book – specifically developed as a novel textbook on elementary classical mechanics – shows how analytical and numerical methods can be seamlessly integrated to solve physics problems. This approach allows students to solve more advanced and applied problems at an earlier stage and equips them to deal with real-world examples well beyond the typical special cases treated in standard textbooks.

Another advantage of this approach is that students are brought closer to the way physics is actually discovered and applied, as they are introduced right from the start to a more exploratory way of understanding phenomena and of developing their physical concepts.

While not a requirement, it is advantageous for the reader to have some prior knowledge of scientific programming with a scripting-type language. This edition of the book uses Matlab, and a chapter devoted to the basics of scientific programming with Matlab is included. A parallel edition using Python instead of Matlab is also available.

Last but not least, each chapter is accompanied by an extensive set of course-tested exercises and solutions.


Computational physics Forces, momentum and motion Introductory mechanics Mechanics textbook Newtonian mechanics Scripting-type languages for scientific Teaching basic physical concepts Work and energy programming

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of OsloOsloNorway

About the authors

Professor Anders Malthe-Sørenssen is a professor of physics at the University of Oslo, where his research interests are focused on the physics of geological processes.  His current teaching activity focuses on revitalizing the teaching of undergraduate science courses by seamless integration of computational methods in order to give students an early contact with research and industrially relevant problems.  

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