2017 Mechanics (EPS course)

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Earth and Planetary Sciences
Hirano Teruyuki 
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Mon5-8(I124)  Thr5-8(I124)  
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Course description and aims

This lecture presents the basics of analytical mechanics, such as generalized coordinates, Euler-Lagrange equation, variation principle, Hamiltonian formalism, and canonical transformation. As actual applications of analytical mechanics, physical phenomena like Kepler motion, coupled oscillation, motion in rotating frame, rigid-body motion are focused. This lecture also involves abundant exercise to master the application of analytical mechanics to actual physical phenomena.
Half of the time is spent for lecture and the other half is spent for exercise every week.

Student learning outcomes

This lecture aims at understanding the concept and method of analytical mechanics, on which many parts of modern physics are now based. It also aims at getting used to practical applications of analytical mechanics through intensive exercise.


Lagrange formalism, variation principle, Hamiltonian formalism, Canonical Transformation

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

To be announced.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Preparation for Analytical Mechanics coordinates, derivative
Class 2 Introduction to Lagrange Formalism I Lagrangian, generalized coordinate
Class 3 Introduction to Lagrange Formalism II application of Lagrange equation
Class 4 Conservation Laws in Analytical Mechanics conservation of energy, momenta, and angular momenta
Class 5 Kepler Motion motion in a central force field, Kepler's laws
Class 6 Micro Vibration one-dimensional and multi-dimensional vibrations
Class 7 mid-term exam / exercise applied problems
Class 8 Normal Vibration eigenfrequency
Class 9 Motion in a Rotating Frame force of inertia
Class 10 Rigid-body Motion rotational energy, moment of inertial
Class 11 Variation Principle functional, Euler equation
Class 12 Hamilton Formalism and Canonical Equation Legendre transformation, Hamiltonian
Class 13 Canonical Transformation Hamilton-Jacobi equation
Class 14 Exercise of Analytical Mechanics I solve problems using Lagrange and Hamiltonian formalism
Class 15 Exercise of Analytical Mechanics II solve problems using Lagrange and Hamiltonian formalism



Reference books, course materials, etc.

Yasushi Suto, "Analytical Mechanics and Quantum Mechanics", University of Tokyo Press (Japanese)
Isao Imai, "Exercise in Mechanics", Science Press (Japanese)
Landau-Lifshitz, "Mechanics, Third Edition: Volume 1" (Course of Theoretical Physics), Butterworth-Heinemann (English or Japanese)

Assessment criteria and methods

Student performance will be assessed by the combination of the exercise attendance/presentation, mid-term exam (one third), and final exam (one third).

Related courses

  • PHY.Q206 : Analytical Mechanics

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