Techniques and applications of classical mechanics: calculus of variations, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations. The special theory of relativity and applications: relativistic mechanics, electrodynamics in covariant form. Cosmology.
This paper presents the foundation theory for two major topics in Physics. The Classical Mechanics section introduces the formal framework of Classical Mechanics and illustrates its application to two-body problems, oscillating systems and non-inertial frames such as rotating systems. The Special Relativity and Cosmology section covers the special theory of relativity with applications to relativistic mechanics as well as an introduction to cosmology.
This paper is the same as the PHSI336 paper offered by the Physics Department. It is taught jointly by staff from both Departments.
|Paper title||Mathematical Physics|
|Teaching period||Second Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$904.05|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,954.75|
- MATH 203 and 36 300-level MATH or PHSI points
- PHSI 334, PHSI 336
- Recommended Preparation
- COMO 204 and PHSI 231 and PHSI 232
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music, Science
- The paper addresses students who are interested in the mathematical foundations of physical theories. This includes Maths students interested in applications and Physics students interested in the formal underpinnings of Physics.
- More information link
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- Teaching staff
- Paper Structure
- Paper Structure: Main topics
- First half: Techniques and applications of classical mechanics: calculus of variations, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations
- Second half: The special theory of relativity: aberration, relativistic mechanics. Cosmology: cosmological principle, evolution of the universe.
- Teaching Arrangements
- Three 1-hour lectures per week.
- A 2-hour workshop on alternate week for the first six weeks of the semester, then a 1-hour tutorial every week for the last six weeks of the semester
- First half: Classical Mechanics by Taylor.
Second half: Text books are not required.
- Course outline
- View course outline for MATH 374
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Critical thinking.
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- Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate in-depth understanding of the central concepts and theories.