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A question about "semantics" ["Rational Mechanics"]

  1. Jul 17, 2015 #1
    Hi guys...i was wondering what is "Rational Mechanics"? and is it the same as "Analytical Mechanics"? Which book do you guys suggest for studying this stuff?
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  3. Jul 17, 2015 #2


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    I' don't remember seeing the term "Rational Mechanics" before, in more than forty years of studying and teaching physics. After Googling a bit, I think it's just another term that some people like to use instead of "Analytical Mechanics."
  4. Jul 17, 2015 #3

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    "Rational Mechanics" and "Rational Thermodynamics" generally refers to a program of study that seeks to provide an axiomatic method of formulating mechanics (and thermodynamics). The work originated in the 1950's through 1970's, principally by Coleman, Noll, and Truesdell, for a good overview see:

    Truesdell, C.; https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Richard_Toupin&action=edit&redlink=1 [Broken] (1960). "The Classical Field Theories". In Flügge, Siegfried. Principles of Classical Mechanics and Field Theory/Prinzipien der Klassischen Mechanik und Feldtheorie. Handbuch der Physik (Encyclopedia of Physics). III/1. Berlin–Heidelberg–New York: Springer-Verlag. pp. 226–793. Zbl 0118.39702.

    And the journal: http://link.springer.com/journal/205
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