IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this paper

An Economics-based Energy Account for Classical Mechanics


  • Professor John M. Hartwick


Simple operations transform Hamilton's equations for particle motion in classical mechanics into energy units. Then one obtains a single equation in location, location-changes, momenta and momenta-changes with the interpretation: income from capital, in units of energy, balances with current investment expenditure on location changes and momenta changes, also in units of energy. For the special case of periodic motion, the inflow-useflow sub-accounts for distinct position variables and for distinct momenta variables balance over the period of motion

Suggested Citation

  • Professor John M. Hartwick, 2005. "An Economics-based Energy Account for Classical Mechanics," Computing in Economics and Finance 2005 13, Society for Computational Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:sce:scecf5:13

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: no

    References listed on IDEAS

    1. Hartwick, John M., 2004. "Sustaining periodic motion and maintaining capital in classical mechanics," Japan and the World Economy, Elsevier, vol. 16(3), pages 337-358, August.
    Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)

    More about this item


    particle dynamics; energy account;

    JEL classification:

    • E13 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General Aggregative Models - - - Neoclassical
    • B41 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology - - - Economic Methodology

    NEP fields

    This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:


    Access and download statistics


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:sce:scecf5:13. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Christopher F. Baum). General contact details of provider: .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If CitEc recognized a reference but did not link an item in RePEc to it, you can help with this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.