Elementary Mechanics Using Python

A Modern Course Combining Analytical and Numerical Techniques

  • Anders Malthe-Sørenssen

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

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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 Python, and a chapter devoted to the basics of scientific programming with Python is included. A parallel edition using Matlab instead of Python 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 Python Newtonian mechanics textbook Scripting-type languages for scientific programming Teaching basic physical concepts Work and energy

Authors and affiliations

  • Anders Malthe-Sørenssen
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  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of OsloOsloNorway

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-19595-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-19596-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-4791
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-4805
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