Kerry K. Kuehn

Leibniz and Newton developed the method of calculus for the study of mechanics. Since their time, mechanics has become increasingly formalized, particularly with the work of Lagrange, Hamilton, Poincare╠ü and Lorenz. In this course we will study various formal approaches to the study of mechanics. Topics include newton’s laws, nonlinear oscillations and chaos, variational calculus, hamilton’s principle, dynamics of rigid bodies, coupled oscillations and non-inertial reference frames.

Lectures will be held beginning on January 22, 2018 in room S113 of Generac Hall at Wisconsin Lutheran College on

Monday (2:30 - 3:20),
Tuesday (8:55 - 9:20) and
Thursday (8:00 - 9:20) from 10:30 - 11:20 and on Thursday from 11:30 - 12:20.

The final exam will be held on the week of May 14.

The course syllabus, homework exercise solutions, and other resources can be found by clicking on the links provided below.

course syllabus
oscillation notes
preface to Sync
chap 1 of Sync
chap 1 of Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos