PHY 311 :
The course aims at a detailed survey of the basic formalism and
applications of classical mechanics.
This website will have all the updates for this course.
This course will cover the following
Basic ideas of Newtonian mechanics.
Contraints, generalised coordinates, Euler-Lagrange equations.
Integrals of motion, symmetries and conservation laws.
Hamiltonian formalism, Poisson brackets, symplectic formulation.
Canonical transformations and Hamilton-Jacobi theory.
Small oscillations and normal modes.
Central force problem, classical scattering.
Introduction to Hamiltonian chaos.
Quiz (About 3-4 quizzes): 40%
Midsem : 30%
Endsem : 30%
Suggested Books :
Herbert Goldstein (Narosa Publishing House).
Classical Mechanics : A course of lectures
A. K. Raychaudhuri (Oxford University Press, 2009)
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Problem Sheet 1
You can also try problems given in other classical mechanics text books.
Quiz-1 will be held on 7.9.2016 (Wednesday).
Everything taught about Lagrangian formalism will be covered in this quiz.
Quiz-1 question paper and
Problem Sheet 2
This covers Hamiltonian dynamics and canonical transforms.
Mid-sem exam will be held on 19.9.2016 (Monday).
Mid-sem exam will cover D'Alembert's principle, Lagrangian formalism,
conservation theorems, Hamiltonian dynamics, canonical transforms and Poisson brackets.
Problem Sheet 3
Quiz 2 will be held on 20.10.2016 (Thursday).
It will cover central force motion and Rutherford scattering.
Midsem question paper and
Quiz-2 question paper and
Quiz 3 will be held on 12.11.2016
(Saturday) at 9:00 AM.
It will cover small oscillations and rotational dynamics in three dimensions.
Problem Sheet 4
A quick re-cap of some aspects of dynamics in rotating frames is available here.
Quiz 4 will be held on 17.11.2016
during the usual class hours.
This test will be on Hamilton-Jacobi theory.
For the quiz component of overall evaluation, best 3 out of 4 tests will be considered.
Final exam will be held on 29.11.2016
during 10:00 am to 12:00 noon.
For this exam, everything except the first two chapters from Goldstein's
book will be covered.
Quiz-3 question paper and
Quiz-4 question paper and
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