** Introduction to Mechanics, Second Edition **offers a modern introduction to Newtonian dynamics and the basics of special relativity. The present edition covers almost all the topics specified in the mechanics syllabus of most Indian universities. It preserves the emphasis laid on the fundamental principles of mechanics and introduction of modern topics (as in the earlier edition), such as symmetries, nonlinear dynamics and presentation of Newton's laws as a differential equation. The programming language Python is used to solve a large number of differential equations numerically and for many plots.

For computer programs, class PPTs, figures and discussions, please visit the author’s webpage. Link to author’s webpage: http://home.iitk.ac.in/~mkv/Mechanics-book/Welcome.html

**Mahendra Verma** obtained his doctoral degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. He joined the Department of Physics, IIT Kanpur in 1994. He is a non-linear dynamist whose chief interest lies in theoretical and computational studies of turbulence and nonlinear physics. Currently he is working on magnetohydrodynamic turbulence, dynamo and convective turbulence. Dr Verma is also interested in atmospheric and computational physics. He is a recipient of the Swarnajayanti fellowship.

*Preface to the Second Edition **Preface to the First Edition **Notation*

1 History of mechanics

2 Newton’s laws of motion

3 Forces

4 Kinematics vs dynamics

5 Motion in one dimension

6 Numerical solution of newton’s equations

7 Phase space description of mechanical systems

8 Symmetry properties of newton’s equation

9 Two-dimensional motion; central force problem

10 Three-dimensional motion

11 Energy

12 Motion in a noninertial reference frame

13 Conservation of linear momentum and centre of mass

14 Collisions

15 Rotation dynamics: definitions

16 Rigid body dynamics

17 Nonlinear dynamics and chaos

18 Statics

19 Mechanics of solids

20 Mechanics of fluids

21 Special theory of relativity: kinematics

22 Relativistic dynamics

Epilogue

Appendix A: Present paradigm of physics and science

Appendix B: Dimensional analysis and estimation

Appendix C: Python programming language

Appendix D: Matlab, Scilab and Octave

Appendix E: Tensors and moment of inertia tensor

Appendix F: Vector operations on vector and scalar fields

Appendix G: Important astronomical data

Appendix H: Important physical constants

Appendix I: Hyperbolic functions

Appendix J: Torque-free precession revisited *Answers to selected exercises **Selected references **Index*