Course Details

PHYS 231: Analytical and Computational Mechanics

An analytical and computational treatment of classical mechanics using Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formalisms. A variety of systems, including some whose equations of motion cannot be solved analytically, will be explored. Possible examples include harmonic oscillators, central-force problems, chaotic dynamics, astrophysical systems, and medieval siege engines. Prerequisite: Physics 131, 143 or 144 and Mathematics 210 or 211 or instructor permission
6 credits; NE, QRE; Offered Winter 2022; A. Pattanayak