Physical Mechanics, A New Field in Engineering Science

H.S. Tsienimage

(Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Jet Propulsion Center, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif.)

The purpose of physical mechanics is to predict the engineering behavior of matter in bulk from the microscopic properties of its molecular and atomic constituents. The constants and basic concepts of this new engineering science, of particular importance to rocket and jet propulsion, are discussed in this paper.

The term physical mechanics has been used in the past to indicate a course in classical mechanics for sophomores and juniors in college[1]. Physical mechanics her ...

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