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Is research still being done in Classical Mechanics? (and another question)

  1. Dec 15, 2009 #1
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    It just seems Classical Mechanics seems to be the most "complete" sub-field of Physics but I was just wondering.

    Also, I have just finished taking my Classical Mechanics I class at my university (and I want to give a thank you to the forum again for helping me) and to be honest I've forgotten a lot of what I learned in the class. Do you think it would be wise to try and review as much of the material as possible? Note I'm a physics major and I just wanted to see if I'll be extensively be using classical mechanics in future physics classes.
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  3. Dec 15, 2009 #2

    At the very least you will need the Hamiltonian and Lagrangian formalisms, Hamilton-Jacobi theory, the variational principle and Euler-Lagrange equations, Euler angles and angular momentum representation.
  4. Dec 16, 2009 #3

    Andy Resnick

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    Off the top of my head: in fluid flow (turbulence, wetting, microfluidic devices), solid body mechanics (shocks, fractures), constitutive relations, thermodynamics... lots of different topics.
  5. Dec 16, 2009 #4


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    Most definitely. Essentially all engineering is applied classical physics.

    Aeronautics and transportation, structural mechanics, chemical engineering, . . . all use computational physics based on 'classical physics'. There's a lot of work in multiphysics these days.
  6. Dec 16, 2009 #5
    Yeah, you'll definitely need the ideas learned in classical mechanics in later courses. :) As for the research question...lots of exciting stuff still being done in classical physics. Computers have allowed us to explore some really interesting phenomena that were off limits a century ago...non linear and chaotic systems are the first thing that spring to my mind.
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