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Module MAU23402: Advanced Classical Mechanics II

Credit weighting (ECTS)
5 credits
Semester/term taught
Hilary term 2021-22
Contact Hours
11 weeks, 3 lectures including tutorials per week
Prof Ruth Britto

Learning Outcomes

  • Special theory of relativity
  • Hamilton formalism: Legendre transform, Hamilton equations, Liouville theorem
  • Canonical transformations
  • Hamilton-Jacobi equations, action-angle variables
  • Perturbation theory
  • Mechanics of continuous systems and fields

Module Content

Module Prerequisite
MAU23401 - Advanced Classical Mechanics I

Required Reading

  • L.D. Landau and E.M. Lifshitz, Mechanics, Butterworth-Heinemann 
  • Goldstein, Poole, and Safko, Classical Mechanics, third edition, Addison Wesley

Recommended Reading

  • Wolfgang Rindler, Introduction to Special Relativity (Oxford Science Publications) 2nd Edition
  • L.D. Landau and E.M. Lifshitz, The Classical Theory of Fields: Volume 2 (Course of Theoretical Physics Series), Butterworth-Heinemann

Assessment Detail
This module will be examined in a 2-hour examinationContinuous assessment will contribute 20% to the final grade for the module at the annual examination session. Re-assessments if required will consist of 100% exam.