LAGRANGIAN & HAMILTONIAN DYNAMICS - 2017/8
Module code: MAT3008
BARTUCCELLI M Dr (Maths)
Number of Credits
FHEQ Level 6
Module cap (Maximum number of students)
Overall student workload
Independent Study Hours: 117
Lecture Hours: 35
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|School-timetabled exam/test||IN-SEMESTER TEST||20%|
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Classical Dynamics MAT1036
This module introduces some fundamental concepts in analytical dynamics and illustrates their applications to relevant problems. The module covers the calculus of variations, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations of dynamics, Poisson brackets, canonical transformations and Hamilton-Jacobi equations.
The module leads, among other things, to a deeper understanding of the role of symmetries and conservation laws. This course lays the foundations for the Year 3 module Quantum Mechanics (MAT3039).
Introduce students to the Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations of dynamics
Enable students to understand the role of symmetries and conservation laws
Illustrate the application of various techniques for solving frequently encountered problems in analytical dynamics
|Choose an appropriate set of generalised coordinates to describe a system||CT|
|Apply the Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations of dynamics to determine the evolution of a system||KCT|
|Use the Hamilton-Jacobi method to solve separable systems||KC|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Indicative content includes:
Generalised coordinates, calculus of variations, Lagrangian and Euler-Lagrange equations.
Legendre transform, Hamiltonian and canonical equations of motion.
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to provide:
Introduction to generalised coordinates, functionals, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian, principle of least action.
Experience (through demonstration) of the methods used to determine the dynamics of a system by means of the Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulation of dynamics.
The learning and teaching methods include:
3 x 1 hour lectures per week x 11 weeks. Blackboard lectures. Q + A opportunities for students.
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate:
· Ability to choose appropriate generalised coordinates to describe a system
· Ability to identify simple symmetries and conservation laws.
· Subject knowledge through the recall of key definitions, theorems and their proofs.
· Analytical ability through the solution of unseen problems in the test and exam.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
· One two hour examination at the end of Semester 1; worth 80% module mark.
· One in-semester test; worth 20% module mark.
Formative assessment and feedback
Students receive written feedback via a number of marked coursework assignments over an 11 week period.
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