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PH4038   Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Dynamics

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 2

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: 10.00 am even Mon, Tue, Thu, 2.00 pm odd Fri (TBC)

The module covers the foundations of classical mechanics as well as a number of applications in various areas. Starting from the principle of least action, the Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations of mechanics are introduced. The module explains the connection between symmetries and conservation laws and shows bridges between classical and quantum mechanics. Applications include the central force problem (orbits and scattering) and coupled oscillators.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): In taking this module you will need a knowledge of vector calculus. Before taking this module you must pass PH3081 or pass PH3082 or ( pass MT2506 and pass MT2507 )

Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take MT4507

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 2 or 3 lectures and some tutorials

Scheduled learning hours: 32

Guided independent study hours: 118

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 75%, Coursework = 25%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 75%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 25%

Re-assessment: Oral Re-assessment, capped at grade 7


Module teaching staff: Dr B Braunecker

Additional information from school

Please see also the information in the School¿s Handbook for Honours modules available via This link also gives access to timetables for the modules.