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Analytical Mechanics

This course is an introduction to analytical mechanics, with a focus on Lagrange and Hamilton formalism.

Information for admitted students Spring 2021

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In order to ensure that your studies begin as smoothly as possible we have compiled a short checklist for the beginning of the semester.

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  2. Register at your department

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In this course you will learn how to describe physical systems using the methods of analytical mechanics. We will see how the equations of motion can be obtained from a Lagrangian or a Hamiltonian, as well as how to make use of symmetries in order to solve problems. We discuss concepts such as canonical transformations, the Hamilton-Jacobi equation and Poisson brackets. As the theory is developed some striking similarities between quantum mechanics and classical mechanics will appear. We will also cover some of the basic concepts in Chaos theory.

Teaching during the spring term 2021

During the spring semester 2021, lectures and problem solving sessions will be given remotely. The course will be examined through written and remote oral reports of a home work project as well as a remote written examination.

The course is using the Athena learning platform.

  • Course structure

    This is an advanced level course, mandatory for the Master's Programme in Theoretical Physics, but highly recommended also for the other programmes. It runs at half-speed daytime.

    Teaching format

    The teaching consists of lectures and tutorials. Included is also an individual project, resulting in a written report, which is discussed in class towards the end of the course.


    The main part of the examination consists of a written exam at the end of the course. Apart from this there is a mandatory written individual report, covering some special topic. Each topic is discussed in class, and the reports are also peer-assessed.


    Jonas Larson

    Phone: +468 5537 8217


  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    H. Goldstein, C. Poole and J. Safko, "Classical Mechanics", 3rd edition, Pearson Education, ISBN 0-321-18897-7

  • Course reports

    Här ligger ett skript.

  • Contact

    Course coordinator and teacher:
    Jonas Larson, phone: +468 5537 8217, e-mail:

    Marcus Högås, e-mail:


    Academic advisor at the Department of Physics:

    Student office: