Classical Mechanics

  • Albrecht LindnerEmail author
  • Dieter Strauch
Part of the Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics book series (ULNP)


In addition to the standard examples treated with Newtonian and Lagrangian mechanics, the highlights of this chapter are (Newtonian and Stokesian) friction, velocity-dependent forces, (gauge) transformations and generating functions, dissipation, phase space considerations, the mathematical pendulum (with elliptic integrals), oscillations (with Laplace transform and Green functions), the time-shift matrix (Floquet operator), stability of solutions (including Lyapunov exponents), Matthieu’s and Hill’s differential equations, Matthieu functions, and parametric resonance. Hamilton mechanics, canonical transformations, the Liouville equation, and the Hamilton–Jacobi theory are introduced along with the notion of arbitrary “coordinates” in phase space. Reference is often made to the limited phase space elements required by quantum theory. There is a list of 48 problems.

Supplementary material


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.PinnebergGermany
  2. 2.Theoretical PhysicsUniversity of RegensburgRegensburgGermany

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