Analytical Mechanics

Course Code :1001WETAME
Study domain:Physics
Academic year:2017-2018
Semester:2nd semester
Sequentiality:Credit for Mathematical methods for physics I, II & III, Gen. physics I & II, Exp. physics I, Computer practicum, Intro. to analytical mechanics, Intro. to chemistry and being enrolled for General physics III.
Contact hours:60
Credits:6
Study load (hours):168
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Bart Partoens

3. Course contents *

The formalisms of Lagrange and Hamilton, introduced in the course "Introduction analytical mechanics", are studied in depth, with emphasis on the importance of symmetry and conserved quantities. Further cacnonical transformations and the Hamilton-Jacobi equation are introduced. Free and forced oscillations are studied extensively, including the influence of anharmonic effects. Further the special theory of relativity is covered. Finally, an introduction to non-linear dynamics is presented.