Jan 29, 2020  
Rensselaer Catalog 2018-2019 
    
Rensselaer Catalog 2018-2019 [Archived Catalog]

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PHYS 4330 - Theoretical Mechanics


Particle and rigid body dynamics using Newtonian, Lagrangian, and Hamiltonian methods. Motion of particle systems. Central force motion. Rotating coordinate systems. Rigid body motion using the inertia tensor and Euler angles. Coupled systems and normal coordinates. Introduction to continuum mechanics and the mechanics of deformable media. Introduction to Hamiltonian Mechanics, including proof and applications of Liouville’s Theorem. Formalism of Special Relativity. Introduction to nonlinear dynamics and chaotic behavior.

Prerequisites/Corequisites: Prerequisites: PHYS 1250 or PHYS 1200, MATH 2400, and MATH 2010. Corequisite: MATH 4600.

When Offered: Fall term annually.



Credit Hours: 4



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