An elementary treatise on hydrodynamics and sound
The treatise on Hydrodynamics, which I published in 1888, was intended for the use of those who are acquainted with the higher branches of mathematics, and its aim was to present to the reader as comprehensive an account of the whole subject as was possible. But although a somewhat formidable battery of mathematical artilleiy is indispensable to those who desire to possess an exhaustive knowledge of any branch of mathematical physics, yet there are a variety of interesting and important investigations, not only in Hydrodynamics, but also in Electricity and other physical subjects, which arc well within the reach of every one, who possesses a knowledge of the elements of the Differential and Integral Calculus and the fundamental principles of Dynamics. I have accordingly, in the present work, abstained from introducing any of the more advanced methods of analysis, such as Spherical Harmonics, Elliptic Functions and the like; and, as regards the dynamical portion of the subject, T have endeavoured to solve the various problems which present themselves, by the aid of the Principles of Energy and Momentum, and have avoided the use of Lagrange's equations. There are a few problems, such as the hclicoidal steady motion and stability of a solid of revolution moving in an infinite liquid, which cannot be conveniently treated without having recourse to moving axes; but as the theory of moving axes is not an altogether easy branch of Dynamics, I have as far as possible abstained from introducing them, and the reader who is unacquainted with the use of moving axes is recommended to omit those sections in which they are employed.
- Libgen