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Cornell University    
  Feb 18, 2018
Courses of Study 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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PHYS 3314 - Intermediate Mechanics

Spring. 4 credits.

Forbidden Overlap: Students may not receive credit for both PHYS 3314 and PHYS 3318 .
Prerequisite: PHYS 2208  or PHYS 2214 ; PHYS 2216  (or PHYS 1116 ) and MATH 2940  (or MATH 2210  or MATH 2230 ). Assumes prior introduction to linear algebra and Fourier analysis. Intended for physics majors. PHYS 3318  covers similar material but is aimed at students with an exceptional background in physics/math.


Topics include Lagrangian mechanics; Newtonian mechanics based on a variational principle; conservation laws from symmetries; two-body orbits due to a central force.  Also includes additional topics such as; analysis of scattering experiments; small amplitude oscillating systems including normal mode analysis; rigid body motion; motion in non-inertial reference frames; and nonlinear behavior including chaos. Students not only become more familiar with analytic methods for solving problems in mechanics but also gain experience with computer tools. At the level of Classical Dynamics by John R. Taylor.

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