Physical Mechanics II is the second course in a two-semester sequence on advanced classical mechanics for physics majors. The course will begin with a review of coordinate systems, frames of reference, Newton's laws, and the concepts of energy, momentum, and angular momentum. Motion in noninertial reference frames and perturbation theory will then be studied, followed by the dynamics of rigid bodies, coupled oscillations, and nonlinear oscillations and chaos. Time permitting, Hamiltonian dynamics will be introduced. As in the first semester, this course is a quantitative one and will require the use of advanced mathematics to solve more difficult physical problems.
Students will be graded based on three mid-term tests, six homework assignments, recitation attendance and performance, and a comprehensive final exam.
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