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Module MAU23402: Advanced Classical Mechanics II

Credit weighting (ECTS)
5 credits
Semester/term taught
Hilary term 2019-20
Contact Hours
11 weeks, 3 lectures including tutorials per week
Prof Tristan McLoughlin
Learning Outcomes
  • Special theory of relativity;
  • Hamilton formalisn: 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
  • Herbert Goldstein, Classical Mechanics, third edition, Addison Wesley
  • L.D. Landau and E.M. Lifshitz, Mechanics, Butterworth-Heinemann  

Recommended Reading
  • V.I. Arnold, Mathematical Methods of Classical Mechanics, Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. K
  • 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 25% to the final grade for the module at the annual examination session. Re-assessments if required will consist of 100% exam.