PC2132



Classical Mechanics

This module aims to consider the principles of mechanics in a rigorous mathematical framework, and to establish a bridge to the principles of modern physics. The topics to be covered include: damped and forced oscillators; energy and angular momentum, conservative forces; central force motion, inverse square law, orbits, scattering; rotating reference frames, centrifugal and Coriolis forces, Foucault's pendulum, Larmor effect; Lagrangian mechanics; two body and many body problems, centre-of-mass, elastic collisions, rockets; rigid body motion; gyroscopes; Hamiltonian mechanics.

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