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FYTN09, Classical mechanics, 7.5 ECTS
Schedule, literature, etc.
This page can be found at http://home.thep.lu.se/~bijnens/fytn09/.
The official home page for the course is at
Tuesday 17 January 2012, room NB, basement theoretical physics (basement theoretical physics, K262, house K, Sölvegatan 14A).
This course gives a solid basis in classical mechanics in its Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulation, with connections to modern physics.
For more detailed information see below
Formal description of the course (in Swedish) (official course plan)
This is a Master/PhD course in Theoretical Physics at Lund University
Course book: Goldstein, Poole and Safko, Classical Mechanics, third edition, Addison Wesley, 2001
There are many misprints in the book. http://astro.physics.sc.edu/Goldstein has a list of them.
This is a self study course. You study the book and solve the exercises. You can of course come and ask questions when you're stuck. If you spent half time on the course you should keep the week schedule as listed. This includes doing the exercises listed at the same rate. In spring 2011 we run it somewhat more formal, with an arranged discussion session once a week.
- Week 1: Ch. 1 and Ch. 2
- Week 2: Ch. 3 and start Ch. 4
- Week 3: Ch. 4 and Ch 5
- Week 4: Ch. 6: Sects: 1-4 and Ch. 7: Sects: 9-10
- Week 5: Ch. 8 and start Ch.9
- Week 6: Ch. 9 and 10
- Week 7: Ch. 12 and a general overview of Ch. 13
- Week 8-9: Finishing exercises and exam
Lecture Content and which exercises due Tuesday 22/3 13.15 Overview lecture Chapter 1 and 2 Monday 28/3 10.15 Overview lecture Chapter 3 and a bit of 4 Monday 4/4 10.15 Overview lecture Chapter 4 and 5 Due: 1.9, 1.10, 1.21, 2.13, 2.18 Monday 11/4 10.15 Overview lecture Ch. 6, Sects. 1-4 and Ch. 7: Sects: 9-10 Due: 3.16, 3.21, 3.31 Tuesday 26/4 13.15 Overview lecture: Ch. 8 and start Ch.9 Due: 4.15, 4.23. 5.6 Monday 2/5 10.15 Overview lecture: Ch. 9 and 10 Due: 5.27, 6.4, 6.13 Monday 16/5 10.15 Overview lecture: Ch. 12 and a general overview of Ch. 13 Due: 8.1, 9.6, 9.15 Monday 30/5 10.15 Last question session Due: 10.16, 12.6, 12.8
Note: if there is a serious demand we'll have one more question session in that case on Thursday 12/5-Friday 13/5 or Thursday 26/5-Friday 27/5.
Required ProblemsIt is recommended to have the problems solved more or less simultaneously with studying the corresponding chapters. But it is strongly recommended to study the chapter first.
- Week 2
- Week 3
- Week 4
- Week 5
- Week 6
- Week 7
Hints and comments to some of the exercises
These can be found in problems.pdf.
Some comments of the students
There exists somewhat lower level books that some people found useful:
- Louis N. Hand, Janet D. Finch, Analytical Mechanics, Cambridge University Press 1998.
- Stephen T. Thornton, Jerry B. Marion, Classical Dynamics of Particles and Systems, Thomson Brooks/Cole 2003 (fifth edition) (for the motion of a symmetric top)
The examination consists of two parts. First you have to do all the exercises, hand them in and be passed on those. Then there is an oral exam to test understanding. There is a list of typical oral exam questions.
Responsible teacherJohan Bijnens, for spring 2012: Roman Pasechnik
Contact, phone 046-2220447