Classical Mechanics II

Classical Mechanics II (Spring '08, Spring '11)

Textbooks: L. Landau and E. Lifshitz, Course of Theoretical Physics, Vol.1, Mechanics; H. Goldstein, Classical Mechanics; S. Strogatz, Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos.

Rough outline of content: Lagrangian formulations, central forces, small oscillations, rigid bodies and rotation, Hamiltonian formulations, canonical transformations. Also included are glimpses of Hamilton-Jacobi theory, dynamical systems (1-D continuous/iterative maps, fixed points, stability).

Midsem exam, 35%, [Spr '11]

Short quiz, 10%, [Spr '11]

Endsem exam, 50%. [Spr '11]

[Spr '08] Also included is a short term-paper (5%), on a topic of your choice, consisting of some reading/analysis, with a report and presentation required eventually.

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