Item description for Continuum Mechanics by I-Shih Liu...
This concise textbook develops step by step the fundamental principles of continuum mechanics. Emphasis is on mathematical clarity, and an extended appendix provides the required background knowledge in linear algebra and tensor calculus. After introducing the basic notions about general kinematics, balance equations, material objectivity and constitutive functions, the book turns to the presentation of rational thermodynamics by stressing the role of Lagrange multipliers in deriving constitutive funcitions from the underlying entropy principle. A brief lecture on extended thermodynamics closes the book. Many examples and exercises round off the material presented in the chapters. The book addresses primarily advanced undergraduate students in theoretical physics, applied mathematics and materials sciences.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.37" Width: 6.22" Height: 0.94" Weight: 1.32 lbs.
Release Date Aug 5, 2002
ISBN 3540430199 ISBN13 9783540430193
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Perpective of a direct student Aug 31, 2008
As a student of the author, I can tell that this book is not for a beginner's Course. This book is focused on Mathematical Constitutive Relations of Continuum Materials, and should not be considered for an Introductory Course on Continuum Mechanics or Undergraduate classes. This book is focused on Graduate Classes for Mathematics or Engineering. Knowledge of Advanced Calculus, Linear Algebra, Differential Geometry are very useful understanding this book. Concepts of Physics, like Classical Mechanics and Thermodynamics are necessary for the reader. This book contains several references for classical introductory books on this field. I recommend this book for Researchers and Graduate Students as a good reference on Constitutive Equations for Continuum Materials, and it should be read carefully.
Very nice reference May 29, 2008
This book is very concise but goes into some details that other continuum mechanics books don't, e.g. representations of tensor functions, material symmetry, a bunch of thermodynamics which I haven't seen before, maybe I'll understand it eventually. The notation is consistent with modern non-linear cont. mechanics so is nice from that end (direct notation). Not appropriate for a first introduction though. Nice, unique appendices on the normal things e.g. linear algebra/tensor calculus. 4.5 stars if the option were there, since it's so curt.