TFY4345 - Classical Mechanics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 100/100 4 hours C

Course content

Constraints and generalized coordinates. Virtual displacements, Lagange's equations. Variational calculus, Hamilton's principle. Lagrangian for particle in electromagnetic field. Constants of motion, symmetry properties. Virial theorem. Central forces, scattering. Elements of the kinematics and dynamics of rigid bodies. Special relativity. Normal coordinates. Hamilton's equations. Canonical transformations.

Learning outcome

Upon completion of this course, the student shall:
- Be able to explain the usage of symmetries and conservation laws in physical systems and also be able to use these in practical calculations. This includes rotating and oscillating systems.
- Be familiar with different problem-solving strategies within mechanical physics and assess which of these strategies that is most useful for a given problem.
- Understand the physical principle behind the derivation of Lagrange's and Hamilton's equations, in addition to the advantages with these formulations.
- Present the fundamental principles in the special theory of relativity and be able to use Lorentz-transformations and 4-vector formalism in practical calculations such as particle collisions.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, calculation exercises and compulsory exercise. The lectures and exercises are in English when students who do not speak Norwegian take the course. When lectures and lecture material are in English, the exam may be given in English only.
The re-sit examination (in August) may be changed from written to oral.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercise

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

H. Goldstein, C. Poole and J. Safko: Classical Mechanics, 3. ed. 2002, plus compendium (in Norwegian).

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
TEP4145 7.5 2009-09-01


Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Spring ORD Written examination 100/100 C 2015-05-16 09:00 Storhall del 2
Summer KONT Written examination 100/100 C 2015-08-08 09:00 Storhall del 2 , H3 Rom 503
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.