Fall 2022 - PHYS 413 D100

Advanced Mechanics (3)

Class Number: 1998

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    AQ 5051, Burnaby

    We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
    WMC 3515, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    PHYS 384, with a minimum grade of C- or permission of the department. Non-physics majors may enter with MATH 252; MATH 260 or MATH 310; PHYS 211. All prerequisite courses require a minimum grade of C-.



Central forces, rigid body motion, small oscillations. Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations of mechanics. Quantitative.


Course Details:

• Generalized coordinates, principle of least action
• Conservation laws
• Motion in a central field, Kepler's problem, Scattering
• Small oscillations
• Motion of a rigid body
• Canonical formalism, Hamilton's equations, Poisson Brackets, Hamilton-Jacobi equation

Course delivery: In person


  • Assignments 40%
  • Midterm 20%
  • Final exam 40%



Required Text:
Mechanics: Volume 1, 3rd edition
Author: Landau, Lifshitz

*Students can purchase textbooks from online retailers if e-book not available at SFU Bookstore.

*Access to highspeed internet, computer (ideally with a webcam), headset with a microphone.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

Students who cannot write their exam during the course's scheduled exam time must request accommodation from their instructor in writing, clearly stating the reason for this request, within one week of the final exam schedule being posted.

Registrar Notes:


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