PHYS 3318

PHYS 3318

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Covers Newtonian mechanics of particles and systems of particles, including Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations, conservation laws from symmetries, with applications to two-body orbits in a central force, systems undergoing small amplitude oscillations, rigid body motion, motion in non-inertial reference frames, perturbation theory, and nonlinear behavior. Both analytical and numerical methods for solving problems in mechanics are covered. At the level of Classical Mechanics by Goldstein, Mechanics by Landau and Lifshitz, and Analytical Mechanics by Hand and Finch.

When Offered Spring.

Prerequisites/Corequisites Prerequisite: Intro sequence in Physics (1116, 2217, 2218, or 1112, 2213, 2214).

Distribution Category (PBS-AS)

Comments Intended for students with exceptional background in physics/math. Makes use of Fourier analysis, linear differential equations, linear algebra, and vector analysis.

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one discussion.

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5993PHYS 3318  LEC 001

  • Prerequisites: PHYS 2214 or 2218, Differential equations, and Linear algebra.

  •  5994PHYS 3318  DIS 201

  •  8903PHYS 3318  DIS 202