I have a question on the Hamiltonian from a classical viewpoint.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

I understand that the Hamiltonian, H, is conserved if it has no explicit time dependence, in other words:

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\frac{\partial H}{\partial t} = 0

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What I am not clear on is how one can determine whether a given Hamiltonian represents the total energy of the system by looking at its form.

Can someone explain this?

Thanks,

JSC

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# The Hamiltonian

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