Fall 2020 - PHYS 413 D100

Advanced Mechanics (3)

Class Number: 1020

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM

  • 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

Mode of teaching:
Lecture: synchronous  (students are encouraged to attend)
Tutorial: asynchronous
Midterm(s): synchronous; date: TBA
Final exam: synchronous; date: TBA (Final exam period is Dec 9 -20)


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



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

Recommended text:
Classical Mechanics, 3rd edition
Author: Goldstein, Poole, Safko

*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, before the end of the first week of classes.

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).