PHYS 411 Fall 2012 Classical Mechanics (Q)

The course will investigate advanced topics in classical mechanics including phase space plots, non-linear oscillators, numerical solutions, approximation methods, the calculus of variations, the Lagrangian and Hamiltonian reformulations of mechanics, rotating frames of reference (including implications for physics on the Earth). The carry over of ideas developed in the context of classical mechanics into other areas of physics will be explored. 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: not available for the Gaudino option
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Prerequisites: Physics 202 and Physics 210 or Mathematics 210
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Divisional Attributes: Division III, Quantitative and Formal Reasoning
Other Attributes: MTSC Related Courses
Enrollment Limit: 10
Expected Enrollment: 10
Class Number: 1347
PHYS411-T1(F) TUT Classical Mechanics (Q) Division 3: Science and MathematicsQuantitative and Formal Reasoning Michael D. F. Seifert
F 1:10 PM-2:25 PM Physics 205 1347
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