# Understanding the Hamiltonian

1. ### akshaykatre

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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?

Thanks

2. ### bcrowell

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Staff Emeritus
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.

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