Advanced Mechanics (PHYS*3400)
Code and section: PHYS*3400*01
Term: Fall 2018
Instructor: Huan Yang
This course covers rotational dynamics, Lagrangian mechanics and Hamiltonian mechanics. Topics include a formal treatment of rotations, rigid-body rotations
and Eulers equations, generalized coordinates, least action principles, Poisson brackets, Liouville’s theorem, Hamilton-Jacobi theory.
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|Tuesday, Thursday||10:00 am -11:20 am||Mackinnon Bldg, Room 225|
Final Exam: December 10th, 07:00 pm – 09:00 pm
Midterm Exam: October 18th, 07:00 pm – 09:00 pm
- Review of Newtonian Mechanics
- Review of rotation matrices and their derivatives
- Tensors and the Inertia tensor
- Euler’s equation
- Generalized coordinates
- D’Alembert’s principle and virtual displacement
- Lagrangian formalism
- Constraint forces
- Calculations of variations
- Least action principle
- Hamiltonian mechanics
- Phase space and Liouville’s theorem
- Canonical transformations
- Hamilton-Jacobi theory
- Applications of the action
Lecture notes will be posted on Courselink. In addition, an excellent set of course notes used by Prof. E. Poisson is available. The text from Mechanics I and II, John R. Taylor “Classical Mechanics” will also be useful.
- Herbert Goldstein, Charles P. Poole, and John L. Safko, Classical Mechanics (3rd Edition)(Addison Wesley, 2002; ISBN 0201657023; QA 805.G6)
- Walter Greiner, Classical Mechanics: Systems of Particles and Hamiltonian Dynamics,(Springer, 2003; ISBN 0-387-95128-8)
- Walter Greiner, Classical Mechanics: Point Particles and Relativity Dynamics,(Springer, 2004; ISBN 0-387-95586-0)
- Harold J W Müller-Kirsten, Classical Mechanics and Relativity (World Scientific, 2008; ISBN-10:981-283-252-1)
- Cornelius Lanczos, The Variational Principles of Mechanics (4th Edition) (Dover Publications, 1986; ISBN 0486650677; QA 845.L3)
- Keith R. Symon, Mechanics (3rd Edition) (Addison-Wesley, 1971; ISBN 0-201- 07392-7)
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