Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

To revise the key elements of Newtonian mechanics and use this to motivate and then develop Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics

Principal learning outcomes

At the end of the module, you should: Understand the significance of the Lagrangian. You should be able to derive and solve the Euler-Lagrange equations for simple models; (Working from the Lagrangian) be able to find the canonical momenta and to construct the Hamiltonian function; Be able to derive and solve Hamilton's equations for simple systems; Appreciate the role of (and relations between) constraints, conserved quantities and generalised coordinates

Timetabled teaching activities

about 18 Lectures

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
7.5 CATS (Module code: PX267-7.5)
B (Examination only) Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 100%
Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



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