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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?

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  3. Mar 7, 2010 #2


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    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!
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