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SI2361 Advanced Mechanics 6.0 credits

This course is an introductory course  in four different areas of classical theoretical physics, analytical mechanics, statistical mechanics, hydrodynamics  and relativistic electrodynamics.

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus SI2361 (Spring 2009–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Analytical mechanics

The Lagrange and Hamilton formalisms, periodic motion,  Euler-Lagranges equations, variational calculus, Chirikov's criterion and  Poincare plots. 

Statistical mechanics

Microcanonical and canonical ensembles. Hamilton’s equations and Liouville’s theorem. The relation between statistical mechanics and thermodynamics. The ideal gas, the Maxwell- Boltzmann distribution and the entropy concept.  

Fluid mechanics

The continuity equation, viscosity and Navier-Stokes equations. Different boundary conditions and solutions in simple geometries. Laminar and turbulent flow. Reynolds number.  

Intended learning outcomes

After finished course the students should be able to apply the formalism presented in different areas of applied physics. 

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Bachelor of Science

Recommended prerequisites

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Lecture notes.

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, 6.0 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.

Written examination TEN1.

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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Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Supplementary information

Given as a reading course if the number of students is less than 10.