Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Understanding the Hamiltonian

  1. Mar 7, 2010 #1
    hey guys,

    this may be a little naive but, I can someone explain to me the physical aspect of the Hamiltonian?
    In the sense that if had to physically interpret its function, could I do it and if so how?

  2. jcsd
  3. Mar 7, 2010 #2


    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    In many cases the Hamiltonian is simply the total energy. This isn't really a question about nuclear or particle physics. You might want to post in the classical physics forum instead.
  4. Mar 7, 2010 #3
    hey thanks for the reply,
    i thought about it again.. and maybe i have an idea what it could be... but i'm going to try teh question in the classical physics forum anyways..
    thanks though for the reply!
Know someone interested in this topic? Share this thread via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook

Similar Threads - Understanding Hamiltonian Date
I Help me understand gauge theory? Apr 20, 2017
I Problem understanding crosssection Mar 13, 2017
A Euclidean action and Hamiltonian Jan 3, 2017
I I don't understand this Feynman Diagram Nov 8, 2016