This 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. In addition to weekly tutorial meetings the class with will meet once a week as a whole to discuss new material.
The Class: Type: 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
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: PHYS 202 and PHYS/MATH 210 or MATH 209
Distributions: Division III; Quantative/Formal Reasoning;