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PHYS 310 - Analytical Mechanics (4)

General theory of three formulations of classical mechanics: Newtonian, Lagrangian, and Hamiltonian; and introduction to the calculus of variations. Applications include linear and nonlinear oscillations, gravitation and central-force motion, noninertial frames, systems of particles, and rigid-body motion. Emphasis is placed on those concepts that provide a transition to quantum mechanics. Prerequisites: PHYS 210 and MATH 110; corequisite: MATH 211.