**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.

**tutorial, 1 and 1/4 hours per week; lecture, one hour per week**

*Class Format:***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**

*Requirements/Evaluation:***may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the Gaudino option**

*Additional Info:*

*Additional Info2:***PHYS 202 and PHYS 210 or MATH 210**

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*Distribution Notes:***Division III, Quantitative and Formal Reasoning**

*Divisional Attributes:***MTSC Related Courses**

*Other Attributes:***10/section**

*Enrollment Limit:***25**

*Expected Enrollment:***1691**

*Class Number:*CLASSES | ATTR | INSTRUCTORS | TIMES | CLASS NUMBER |
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PHYS 411 - T1 (F) TUT Classical Mechanics (Q) | Charlie Doret |
F 1:10 PM-2:25 PM Physics 114 | 1691 |