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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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PHYS 451 - Analytical Mechanics II

Advances study of dynamic systems. Introduction to variational principles, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian methods, central force motion, rigid-body rotations, and coupled oscilators. 

Prerequisite: PHYS 351.

Credits: (3)

Learner Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Apply Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations to the analysis of appropriate mechanical systems.
  • Analyze and predict the behavior of a central forces problem
  • Apply energy and momentum conservation to analyze and interpret collisions and scattering events
  • Analyze and predict the behavior of the rotational and translational motion of a rigid-body
  • Calculate the eigenmodes and eigenfrequencies of coupled harmonic oscillators

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Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
Fall Locations: Ellensburg

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