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What type of physicist works in the field of Classical Mechanics? And yes, this does encompass the general theory of relativity.

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If not, the answer is for the most part they don't. The only exception might be physicists who work in the field of fluid dynamics. Otherwise, classical mechanics is now in the domain of engineering.

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Yes, it does.

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Yes, it does.

You should quote what you're responding to otherwise us poor PF forum readers will get confused.

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What type of physicist works in the field of Classical Mechanics?

A dead one!

Sorry...couldn't resist.

As pointed out, many fields use Classical Mechanics. However, there is very little development of CM going on today.

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If not, the answer is for the most part they don't. The only exception might be physicists who work in the field of fluid dynamics. Otherwise, classical mechanics is now in the domain of engineering.

But someone doing theoretical research in fluid mechanics would be regarded as an engineer.... or?

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Fluid dynamics gathers interests from many corners. People who study fluid dynamics include engineers (many disciplines), but also chemists, biologists, meteorologists, oceanographers, geologists, mathematicians, ...But someone doing theoretical research in fluid mechanics would be regarded as an engineer.... or?

... and physicists. Fluid dynamics is a topic of interest to biophysicists, geophysicists, astrophysicists, and of course statistical physicists. I'm sure I left some others off the list.

The American Physics Society has an entire division devoted to fluid dynamics. Their website: http://www.aps.org/units/dfd.

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Are you using Classical Mechanics to mean all physics that isnt Quantum Mechanics?

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Yes I amAre you using Classical Mechanics to mean all physics that isnt Quantum Mechanics?

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The many microscopic problems that's were not explained correct by classical mechanics were successfully got solutions by taking quantum theory into consideration. And other branches like astrophysics ,geophysics ,biophysics ....etc will use classical and quantum mechanical principles but are not come into neither quantum nor classical mechanics.

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http://www.ae.utexas.edu/

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There has certainly been mathematical research over say the last 30 years, to make the idea that "classical mechanics is the limiting case of quantum mechanics as quantum effects become unimportant" into a mathematically rigorous argument, and then use some of the mathematical tools of quantum field theory (symplectic manifolds, etc) to get deeper insight into classical mechanics.

"Newtonian mechanics of point particles" is then a limiting case of "classical continuum mechanics". A typical example of the way that with hindsight, science get discovered (or invented) back to front!

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There are many good answers here, but just to add another:

Plasma physics is a surprising rich field that is mostly classical. Closely related to fluid dynamics.

(edit: Wrongly said "entirely classical")

Plasma physics is a surprising rich field that is mostly classical. Closely related to fluid dynamics.

(edit: Wrongly said "entirely classical")

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There are many good answers here, but just to add another:

Plasma physics is a surprising rich field that is entirely classical. Closely related to fluid dynamics.

Entirely? I'm not entirely sure I would say that.

I know I have encountered a few math/mathematical physics/applied math departmental webpages describing research on dynamical systems, solving many body problems in classical mechanics just for the sake of it and not with specific subfields or applications in mind. Googling departments with "complex systems" or "dynamical systems" as buzzwords will probably find you a good few.

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Entirely? I'm not entirely sure I would say that.

Good point, I suppose I was just thinking about the majority of plasma physics. Poor choice of adverb on my part.

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Astrophysicists in many regards (here I am stepping outside of the limits of my own knowledge) try to avoid even relativistic physics depending upon the project, since, like quantum mechanics, the computational modelling becomes vastly more complicated.

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To develop more powerful approximative methods, simplified yet retaining accuracy, is a typical research area.

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