Dynamics of Deformable Bodies
Dynamics texts typically follow a sequence where the motion of a particle is considered first, then the motion of systems of particles, and finally the motion of continuous, rigid bodies. We have followed that same traditional path in this book. Treatments of the motion of continuous deformable bodies, however, are often left to more specialized texts at a higher undergraduate and graduate level. In this chapter we give an introduction to the dynamics of deformable bodies that can serve as a bridge to more detailed studies.