12.620J / 6.946J / 8.351J Classical Mechanics: A Computational Approach, Fall 2002
Author(s)Sussman, Gerald Jay; Wisdom, Jack
Classical Mechanics: A Computational Approach
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Classical mechanics in a computational framework. Lagrangian formulation. Action, variational principles. Hamilton's principle. Conserved quantities. Hamiltonian formulation. Surfaces of section. Chaos. Liouville's theorem and Poincar, integral invariants. Poincar,-Birkhoff and KAM theorems. Invariant curves. Cantori. Nonlinear resonances. Resonance overlap and transition to chaos. Properties of chaotic motion. Transport, diffusion, mixing. Symplectic integration. Adiabatic invariants. Many-dimensional systems, Arnold diffusion. Extensive use of computation to capture methods, for simulation, and for symbolic analysis. From the course home page: Course Description 12.620J covers the fundamental principles of classical mechanics, with a modern emphasis on the qualitative structure of phase space. The course uses computational ideas to formulate the principles of mechanics precisely. Expression in a computational framework encourages clear thinking and active exploration. The following topics are covered: the Lagrangian formulation, action, variational principles, and equations of motion, Hamilton's principle, conserved quantities, rigid bodies and tops, Hamiltonian formulation and canonical equations, surfaces of section, chaos, canonical transformations and generating functions, Liouville's theorem and Poincaré integral invariants, Poincaré-Birkhoff and KAM theorems, invariant curves and cantori, nonlinear resonances, resonance overlap and transition to chaos, and properties of chaotic motion. Ideas are illustrated and supported with physical examples. There is extensive use of computing to capture methods, for simulation, and for symbolic analysis.
classical mechanics, phase space, computation, Lagrangian formulation, action, variational principles, equations of motion, Hamilton's principle, conserved quantities, rigid bodies and tops, Hamiltonian formulation, canonical equations, surfaces of section, chaos, canonical transformations, generating functions, Liouville's theorem, Poincaré integral invariants, Poincaré-Birkhoff, KAM theorem, invariant curves, cantori, nonlinear resonances, resonance overlap, transition to chaos, chaotic motion, 12.620J, 6.946J, 8.351J, 12.620, 6.946, 8.351, Mechanics