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Classical Mechanics

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

The course gives an introduction to classical non-relativistic and relativistic mechanics, Lagrange and Hamilton formalism.

Learning outcome

The students shall master basic analytical mechanics and comprehend the scientific and technical literature in the field. They shall be able to independently use their knowledge to analyze and solve physical ant technological problems. They shall know how to write down the equations of motion for general mechanical systems with constraints, find the constants of motion for such systems and solve the equations in the simplest cases. Furthermore, they shall know and be able to use the concept of an electromagnetic field and be able to solve the equations of motion for important electromagnetic processes.


Analytical mechanics of systems with and without constraints, generalized coordinates, virtual work, the Euler-Lagrange equations, symmetries and conservation laws, phase space and Hamilton's equations, the two-body problem, motion in a central field, rotating bodies, relativistic mechanics and relativistic field description, the Lagrangian formalism for fields, scalar fields, electromagnetic fields, the Maxwell equations and their solutions, electromagnetic waves, energy and momentum for fields, particle motion in an external field.

Required prerequisite knowledge


Recommended previous knowledge

FYS100 Physics, FYS300 Electromagnetism and Special Relativity, MAT100 Mathematical Methods 1


Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam1/14 hoursA - FCompilation of mathematical formulae (Rottmann).

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Ipsita Mandal
Head of Department
Bjørn Henrik Auestad

Method of work

4 hours lectures and 2 hours exercises per week.

Open to

Master studies at the Faculty of Science and Technology

Course assessment

Use evaluation forms and/or conversation for students' evaluation of the course and teaching, according to current guidelines


Herbert Goldstein: "Classical Mechanics" (2. ed) ch 1-8, 13
Supplementary material available on Canvas

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

Sist oppdatert: 13.11.2019