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SI1145 Classical Theoretical Physics 6.0 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus SI1145 (Spring 2011–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Variational methods; Green's functions

Analytical mechanics: Lagrange- and Hamilton formalism; tops; canonical  transformations; Hamilton-Jacobi equations; Poisson brackets;  applications to non-relativistic and relativistic mechanics and relation  to quantum mechanics

Classical field theory: Euler- and Navier-Stokes equation, Maxwell and  Einstein equation.

Intended learning outcomes

  • understand and know how to use variational methods
  • be able to use Green's function methods to solve certain problems with differential equations
  • use the Lagrange and Hamilton formalism of mechanics
  • solve specific problems using methods from analytical mechanics
  • know fundamental equations of classical physics

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Recommended: advanced course in mechanics; course on mathematical methods in physics (like SI1140).

Recommended prerequisites

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F. W. Byron, R. W. Fuller: Mathematics of classical and quantum physics,  Dover (1970)

G. Sparr and A. Sparr, Kontinuerliga system,  Studentlitteratur, Lund 

Additional material will be available on the course homepage.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • TEN1 - Examination, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TEN2 - Examination, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

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Course web SI1145

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Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

SI2170 Quantum Physics
SI2380 Quantum Physics II
SI2371 Special Relativity
SI2372 General Relativity
SI2390  Relativistiv Quantum Physics
SI2410  Quantum Field Theory
SI2600  Condensed Matter Theory