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PHYS411: Physical Mechanics II (Honors) (PAST/FUTURE SEMESTER)


Spring, Class 2, Credit 2


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This is a course in Analytical Mechanics intended for Purdue Physics undergraduate students who are in the Honors program. Admission to the course is by special permission. The material covered is at a somewhat more advanced level than the typical undergraduate course on the subject. Topics will range from aspects and applications of hamiltonian dynamics, to canonical transformations, finally to some concepts of modern non-linear dynamics and chaotic motion. A good working knowledge of lagrangian and hamiltonian dynamics is necessary. Although a certain knowledge of mathematical methods for Physics will certainly turn out useful, the course is mostly self-contained. NOTICE: Prospective students are expected to be able to write down at once the correct expression for the kinetic energy of a particle in the standard coordinate systems.


Nakanishi, Hisao


Textbook(s) for Spring 2014
Title Author Edition ISBN Publisher Req/Opt Notes
Classical Dynamics of Particles & Systems Thornton & Marion 5th; July 7, 2003 978-0534408961 Brooks/Cole Required

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