Lagrange's equations, Hamilton principle, Calculus of variations, Conservation laws;
Motion in central potential;
Oscillations: Equilibrium and motion near equilibrium;
Rigid body motion, Euler equations;
Newton's laws, Constrained dynamics, Generalized coordinates and forces, D'Alambert's principle;
MA1241 - Mechanics I and MA1242 - Mechanics II
L.D. Landau and E.M. Lifshitz, Mechanics, Butterworth-Heinemann
Herbert Goldstein, Classical Mechanics, third edition, Addison Wesley
V.I. Arnold, Mathematical Methods of Classical Mechanics, Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. K
L.D. Landau and E.M. Lifshitz, The Classical Theory of Fields: Volume 2 (Course of Theoretical Physics Series), Butterworth-Heinemann
This module will be examined jointly with MA2342
in a 3-hour examination in Trinity term,
except that those taking just one of the
two modules will have a 2 hour examination.
will contribute 10% to the final grade for the module at the annual
examination session and at supplementals where applicable.