Classical Mechanics III

Photograph of a pendulum suspended from the ceiling over a circular base.

MIT Lincoln Laboratory's installation of a pendulum re-creates Foucault's seminal demonstration of Earth's rotation. (Photo courtesy of MIT Lincoln Laboratory.)



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Fall 2014



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This course covers Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics, systems with constraints, rigid body dynamics, vibrations, central forces, Hamilton-Jacobi theory, action-angle variables, perturbation theory, and continuous systems. It provides an introduction to ideal and viscous fluid mechanics, including turbulence, as well as an introduction to nonlinear dynamics, including chaos.

Iain Stewart. 8.09 Classical Mechanics III, Fall 2014. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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