PHY 411: Classical Mechanics & Chaotic Dynamics
(Fall 2018)
Instructor: Alice Quillen, Bausch and Lomb Hall 424, Phone:2759625, Email:aquillen at pas.rochester.edu
There is no TA, TI or grader.
Lectures:
TR 9:4010:55am in Wegman 1005 (first class) then moving to
Bausch and Lomb 480.
Note: First lecture is Tuesday Aug 30 at 9:40am;
we will have an organizational meeting.
Overview:
Topics covered will include:
Lagrangian and Hamiltonian dynamics, canonical transformations, HamiltonJacobi equations, chaotic dynamics, periodic orbits, stable and unstable orbits, resonances in celestial mechanics, resonance capture, resonance overlap criterion, bifurcations, Julia and Fatou sets, convergence of Newton's Iteration, KAM theory, nonholonomic mechanics,
discrete dynamical systems, infinite dimensional Hamiltonian models,
classical field theory.
We will explore these topics analytically and possibly numerically (in python).
Prerequisite:
A good knowledge of classical mechanics. PHY235 is more than enough.
Undergraduates are very welcome to join this class (including for the entire class
not just the first 8 weeks).
Course requirements:
 About 6 problem sets
 1 project
Grading: problem sets 60%, projects 40%, no exams.
Webite:
http://astro.pas.rochester.edu/~aquillen/phy411/
Lecture notes and problem sets will be posted on this website, not on blackboard.
Main references:

Mathematical Methods of Classical Mechanics , by V. I. Arnold
QA805 .A6813 1989

Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos, with applications to physics, biology, chemistry, and engineering
by Steven H. Strogatz Q172.5.C45 S767 1994

A first course in Discrete Dynamical Systems
by Richard A. Holmgren QA614.8 .H65 1994
 The Chaos Book