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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: MAT3031 Module Title: LAGRANGIAN & HAMILTONIAN DYNAMICS (MMath)
Module Provider: Mathematics Short Name: MAT3031
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: BARTUCCELLI M Dr (Maths)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability
Autumn Semester
Assessment Pattern

                        Unit(s) of Assessment


                        Weighting Towards Module Mark( %)


Coursework: Exercises and closed book class tests





Examination: Written examination (2 hours, unseen).




Module Overview
Classical Dynamics  MAT1009
Module Aims
To develop the theory and methods of Lagrangian and  Hamiltonian Dynamics with emphasis on a analytical and geometrical approach.
Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course a student should have an understanding of the concepts of


Lagrangian and Hamiltonian systems, some geometric aspects and the role of symmetries. A student should be able to derive the Lagrangian and Hamiltonian equations of motion


of classical (typical) dynamical systems; work with symplectic transformations; identify simple symmetries and conservation laws; apply the Hamiltonian perturbation theory to problems related to celestial mechanics. Understand the Theory of Hamilton-Jacobi and the Theory of Corresponding


Module Content

Review of basic ideas from classical mechanics; Lagrange equations; Legendre transformations.


Fundamental properties of Lagrangian Systems



Hamiltonian formulation of classical mechanics; symplectic geometry; canonical transformations; Hamiltonian flows and their fundamental features.



Symmetries, conservation laws and stability of  equilibria.



Applications will include planetary motion, rigid body dynamics and spinning tops.



Moreover, Because this is an MMath Module, Some Further Reading Material will be


Provided on the Theory of Hamilton-Jacobi and Corresponding Integrability.   
Methods of Teaching/Learning
Teaching is lectures, example classes and discussion sessions. Learning takes place through lectures, exercises and supervised  tutorials. Reading of selected material, and discussion of this material.
Selected Texts/Journals




Jorge V. Jose and  Eugene J. Saletan, Classical Dynamics – A Contemporary Approach, Cambridge university Press,  (1998).




Further Reading



H. Goldstein, Classical Mechanics, 2ne ed., Addison Wesley (1980).



Tom W. B. Kibble and Frank H. Berkshire, Classical Mechanics, 5th ed., Imperial College Press (2004).



J.E. Marsden and T.S. Ratiu, Introduction to Mechanics and Symmetry, 2nd ed., Springer Verlag (1998).


A.      Fasano and S. Marmi, Analytical Mechanics, Oxford Graduates Texts (2006).


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September 10