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Module MA2342: Advanced Classical Mechanics II

Credit weighting (ECTS)
5 credits
Semester/term taught
Hilary term 2018-19
Contact Hours
11 weeks, 3 lectures including tutorials per week
Prof Tristan McLoughlin
Learning Outcomes
  • Hamilton formalisn: Legendre transform, Hamilton equations, Liouville theorem;
  • Canonical transformations;
  • Hamilton-Jacobi equations, action-angle variables;
  • Special theory of relativity;
  • Mechanics of continuous systems and fields;
Module Content
Module Prerequisite
MA2341 - Advanced Classical Mechanics I
Required Reading
  • L.D. Landau and E.M. Lifshitz, Mechanics, Butterworth-Heinemann  Recommended Reading

    • 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
    Assessment Detail
    This module will be examined in a 2-hour examination in Trinity term. Continuous assessment will contribute 25% to the final grade for the module at the annual examination session.