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PHYS 411
Classical Mechanics Fall 2020
Division III Quantative/Formal Reasoning

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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: Format: tutorial; hybrid
Limit: 10/section
Expected: 20
Class#: 2771
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: weekly problem sets, tutorial participation, presentations, a final project, and a final exam, all of which have a substantial quantitative component
Prerequisites: PHYS 202 and PHYS/MATH 210 or MATH 209
Enrollment Preferences: majors
Distributions: Division III Quantative/Formal Reasoning
QFR Notes: weekly problem sets requiring substantial quantitative reasoning using analytical and numerical methods.

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