2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
MATH3355 Hamiltonian Systems
15 creditsClass Size: 60
Module manager: Dr Vincent Caudrelier
Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable
Year running 2019/20
|MATH2650||Calculus of Variations|
This module is mutually exclusive with
|MATH5356M||Advanced Hamiltonian Systems|
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThe Hamiltonian formulation of dynamics is the mathematically most beautiful form of mechanics and (in fact) the stepping stone to quantum mechanics. Hamiltonian systems are conservative dynamical systems with a very interesting algebraic structure in the guise of the Poisson bracket. Hamilton's equations are invariant under a very wide class of transformation (the canonical transformations), and this leads to a number of powerful solution techniques, developed in the nineteenth century. The subject received a boost in the late twentieth century, with the development of integrable systems, which gave many new examples and techniques.
Objectives1. Derive Lagrangian and Hamiltonian functions and write Hamilton's equations for simple mechanical systems.
2. Use phase portraits and Poincare maps to analyse simple Hamiltonian systems.
3. Calculate Poisson brackets and first integrals.
4. Use generating functions for canonical transformations and solve simple cases of the Hamilton-Jacobi equation.
5. To use Liouville's Theorem on complete integrability.
The aim of this module is to develop the theory of Hamiltonian systems, Poisson brackets and canonical transformations. After discussing some general algebraic and geometric properties, emphasis will be on complete integrability, developing a number of techniques for solving Hamilton's equations.
1. Review of 'pre-Hamiltonian' dynamics: Newtonian and Lagrangian dynamics. Hamilton's principle.
Legendre's transformation and the canonical equations of motion.
2. Introduction to Hamiltonian dynamics. Simple geometric properties. Phase portraits and Poincare maps.
Poisson brackets. First integrals and symmetries.
3. Canonical transformations and generating functions. The Hamilton-Jacobi equation. Separation of variables. Complete integrability.
4. Near integrable systems. Area preserving maps.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||117.00|
|Total Contact hours||33.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||150.00|
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackRegular examples sheets
Methods of assessment
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)||2 hr 30 mins||100.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||100.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 30/09/2019
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