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Cornell University    
  Jan 22, 2018
Courses of Study 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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PHYS 3318 - Analytical Mechanics

Spring. 4 credits.

Forbidden Overlap: Students may not receive credit for both PHYS 3314  and PHYS 3318.
Prerequisite: strong performance in PHYS 2218  or permission of instructor; AEP 4210  or appropriate course(s) in mathematics. Intended for students with exceptional background in physics/math. PHYS 3314  covers similar material, while assuming less prior knowledge. Makes use of Fourier analysis, linear differential equations, linear algebra, and vector analysis.


Covers Newtonian mechanics of particles and systems of particles, including rigid bodies, oscillating systems, gravitation and planetary motion, moving coordinate systems, Euler’s equations, Lagrange and Hamilton formulations, normal modes and small vibrations, and perturbation theory. At the level of Classical Mechanics by Goldstein, Mechanics by Landau and Lifshitz, and Analytical Mechanics by Hand and Finch.

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