PHYS 411 Fall 2014 Classical Mechanics (Q)

The course will explore advanced topics in classical mechanics, including the calculus of variations, the Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations of mechanics, phase space, non-linear dynamics and chaos, central-force motion, non-inertial reference frames (including implications for physics on a rotating Earth), and rigid-body rotations. Numerical and perturbative techniques will be developed and used extensively. We will also examine the ways in which classical mechanics informs other fields of physics. The class as a whole will meet once per week for an introductory lecture/discussion; a second tutorial meeting between the instructor and a pair of students will be scheduled later in the week. Students will take turns working and discussing problems at the chalkboard. Written solutions will be due later in the week.
Class Format: tutorial, 1 and 1/4 hours per week; lecture, one hour per week
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on weekly problem sets, tutorial participation, presentations,a final project, and a final exam, all of which have a substantial quantitative component
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the Gaudino option
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Prerequisites: PHYS 202 and PHYS 210 or MATH 210
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Divisional Attributes: Division III, Quantitative and Formal Reasoning
Other Attributes: MTSC Related Courses
Enrollment Limit: 10/section
Expected Enrollment: 25
Class Number: 1691
PHYS 411 - T1 (F) TUT Classical Mechanics (Q) Division 3: Science and MathematicsQuantitative and Formal Reasoning Charlie Doret
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