PHY 214 - CLASSICAL MECHANICS II
Degrees of freedom; generalized coordinates and constraint, work and potential energy. Lagrange’s formulation of mechanics and applications. Hamilton’s formulation of mechanics and applications. Hamilton-Jacobi equation and waves of constant action, face space, applications, invariance and conservation laws. Oscillatory systems, including damped force and coupled oscillations; Normal modes, stability and normal modes of vibration. The Calculus of variations and the action principle.