Instructor: Prof. Oskar Vafek

E-mail: vafek at

Phone: (850) 644-0848


PHY5246 Meeting Times:
Mon&Wed 8:45-10:00am (HCB 212)





Instructor Office Hours:
Mon 10:15pm-11:15pm (Keen 309)

and by appointment

TA Office Hours:

main text)

H. Goldstein, C.P. Poole Jr., J.L. Safko, Classical Mechanics (3rd Edition)

(useful reference text)

L.D. Landau and E.M. Lifshitz, Mechanics

PHY 5246 Theoretical Mechanics

Fall 2017


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Course Description

PHY5246 is a one semester graduate level course. In the first part of this course, we will start from the Lagrangian formulation of classical mechanics and study the solution of the equations of motion of several systems, from simple one-body systems, to more complex systems acted upon by central forces and rigid bodies, up to scattering problems and oscillations. The second part of this course will introduce the hamiltonian formulation of classical mechanics and study its formal and physical consequences. More advanced topics, such as non-linear dynamics and continuous systems, will be discussed in the third part of this course, depending on time availability.