Fall 2017 - PHYS 211 D100

Intermediate Mechanics (3)

Class Number: 1564

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    WMC 3210, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 7, 2017
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    AQ 3159, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    PHYS 126 or 121 or 141, with a minimum grade of C- (or PHYS 102 with a minimum grade of B). Corequisite: MATH 251; MATH 232 or 240. Recommended: MATH 310 and PHYS 255.



An intermediate mechanics course covering kinematics, dynamics, calculus of variations and Lagrange's equations, non-inertial reference frames, central forces and orbits, and rigid body motion. Quantitative.


  1. Review of vectors and curvilinear coordinates
  2. Review of Newton's laws; techniques for solving F=ma
  3. Momentum and Angular Momentum
  4. Energy and Work
  5. Potentials and Fields - Conservative forces
  6. Calculus of Variations; Euler-Lagrange equations
  7. The Lagrangian and generalized coordinates
  8. Constraints and Lagrange multipliers
  9. Symmetries and Conservation laws; Noether's theorem
  10. Central forces - Gravitation
  11. Non-inertial reference frames and forces
  12. Rotational motion of rigid bodies
  13. Hamilton's equations (if time permits)


  • Assignments 15%
  • Midterms 30%
  • Final exam 55%



Required text:
Classical Mechanics, 1st edition
Author: Taylor

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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