The course PHYS 3100 offers a study of classical mechanics from a more advanced perspective than freshman physics, with particular emphasis on Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formalisms. Topics include a review of Newtonian mechanics and the principle of conservation of energy and momentum, as well as the study of the calculus of variations, Lagrange’ s equations, two bodies central force problems, mechanics in non-inertial frames, rigid bodies, Hamiltonian mechanics, collision theory.
General course structure
|Week 1||Newton’s laws of motion|
|Week 2||Air drag|
|Week 3||Linear and angular momentum|
|Week 6||Calculus of variations|
|Week 7 and 8||Lagrangian mechanics|
|Week 9 and 10||Two body problems|
|Week 11 and 12||Hamiltonian mechanics|
|Week 13 and 14||Rigid bodies|
|Week 15||Review and Final exam|
Exam and homework policies are discussed in this link.
A copy of the syllabus in pdf format (including course policies) can be downloaded from this link.