# 20422 Analytical Mechanics

**Credits: **3 intermediate credits in Physics

**Prerequisites**: none

Required: Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism, Differential and Integral Calculus I (or Infinitesimal Calculus I), Linear Algebra I (or Linear Algebra for Natural Science Students), Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations (or Ordinary Differential Equations I), and the ability to read scientific texts in **English**

Recommended: Differential and Integral Calculus II (or Infinitesimal Calculus II + Infinitesimal Calculus III)

The course is based on three chapters from *Mechanics: From Newton’s Laws to Deterministic Chaos* (5th ed.), by F. Scheck (Springer Verlag, 2010).

This course presents mechanics on a much higher level than does the basic course, **Mechanics** (20215). Students are acquainted with basic concepts of modern physics such as variational principles, Lagrange equations, the Hamiltonian function, symmetries and conservation laws.

**Topics**: Elementary Newtonian mechanics; The principles of canonical mechanics; The mechanics of rigid bodies.