by Robert L. Dewar
Publisher: The Australian National University 2001
Number of pages: 109
In this course we will develop a more abstract viewpoint in which one thinks of the dynamics of a system described by an arbitrary number of generalized coordinates, but in which the dynamics can be nonetheless encapsulated in a single scalar function: the Lagrangian, named after the French mathematician Joseph Louis Lagrange (1736–1813), or the Hamiltonian, named after the Irish mathematician Sir William Rowan Hamilton (1805–1865).
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by Eric Poisson - University of Guelph
These lecture notes are suitable for a one-semester course at the third-year undergraduate level. The table of contents: Newtonian mechanics; Lagrangian mechanics; Hamiltonian mechanics; Term project: Motion around a black hole.
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