Advanced Mechanics (PHYS*3400)
Code and section: PHYS*3400*01
Term: Winter 2016
Instructor: Paul Garrett
This course covers Lagrangian mechanics and Hamiltonian mechanics. Topics include least action principles, Poisson brackets, Liouville's theorem, Hamilton-Jacobi theory, the transition to quantum mechanics and introduction to non-linear dynamics.
|Paul Garrett||MacN email@example.com|
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm. While I will make every attempt to be in my office for these posted times, my duties as Department Chair will at times preclude my honouring these commitments. I apologize in advance for any inconvenience.
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|Monday, Wednesday, Friday||11:30 am – 12:20 pm||MCKN 225|
Final Exam: Thursday, April 21, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
- Generalized coordinates
- d’Alembert’s principle and virtual displacements
- Lagrangian formulism
- 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
The 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 very useful.
The following texts are excellent additional references:
- 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 (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 (3'rd Edition) (Addison-Wesley, 1971; ISBN 0-201-07392-7)
|Midterm: Time and location TBD||25%|
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