Mississippi State University Department ofPHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY

- CATALOG DATA:
- (Prerequisite: A good undergraduate training in physics and mathematics consent of instructor). Coordinate systems and transformations, tensors, and matrices. Particle dynamics, variational principles, Lagrange's and Hamilton's equations, rigid body motion, special relativity in mechanics.
- PREREQUISITES BY TOPIC:
- A rigorous undergraduate background in physics and mathematics
- OBJECTIVES:
- This course is an in depth study of coordinate systems and transformations, particle dynamics, variation principles, Lagrange's and Hamilton's equations, tensor and matrices, rigid body motion, and small oscillations.
- TOPICS COVERED:
- Survey of the Elementary Principles
- Variational Principles and Lagrange's Equations
- The Two-Body Central Force Problem
- The Kinematics of Rigid Body Motion
- The Rigid Body Equations of Motion
- The Hamilton Equations of Motion
- Canonical Transformations
- Hamilton-Jacobi Theory
- Small Oscillations

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