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PHYS3511 Advanced Mechanics

15 creditsClass Size: 94

Module manager: Dr Sven Van Loo

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is not approved as a discovery module


By the end of the module students will be familiar with the structure of classical mechanics, and be able to apply general techniques such as perturbation theory and small oscillations. The student will also gain an understanding of the role of symmetry and conservation laws, and the relation between classical and quantum mechanics. Finally, the students will be familiar with fluids and elasticity, and be able to use tensors such as the stress tensor and moment of inertia tensor.

Skills outcomes
An understanding of mechanics at advanced level
Problem solving skills


Formal mechanics of point particles: 2D, 3D, many particles.
Rigid body rotations, Euler angles, moment of inertia tensor.
Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics, generalised coordinates, constrained systems and Lagrange multipliers.
Variational methods.
Symmetry and conservation laws.
Theory of small oscillations, perturbation methods.
Relativity and Minkowski Space

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours117.00
Total Contact hours33.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Reading lecture notes and books
Solving problems

Methods of assessment

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 25/09/2019


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