Intermediate Mechanics (PHY361)

Syllabus

Newtonian dynamics, conservation laws, systems of many particles, ocsillatory motion, damped and driven oscillators, resonance, impulse response, coupled oscillators, Hamilton principle, Lagrangian mechanics, Hamilton's and Lagrange's equations of motion, Noether's theorem and conservation laws, central force problems, Kepler's planetary motion, scattering by central forces, non-inertial reference frames, dynamics of rigid bodies, inertia tensor, Euler angles and equations, motion of a symmetric top, dynamics of continuous media, identical coupled oscillators and continuum limit, wave equation and boundary conditions, wave packets, phase velocity, group velocity, dispersion, non-linear systems.

Textbook

Marion and Thornton, "Classical Dynamics of Particles and Systems", 5th Edition.