Theoretical Physics 2

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02TEF2 Z,ZK 4 2+2 Czech

In order to register for the course 02TEF2, the student must have successfully completed in previous semesters the required number of courses in the group PREREKKF1.

Garant předmětu:
Petr Novotný
Petr Novotný
Ondřej Kubů, Tereza Lehečková, Petr Novotný, Filip Petrásek, Josef Schmidt, Matyáš Staněk
Department of Physics

Tensors and transformations in physics. Mechanics of point mass, rigid body and continuum. The special theory of relativity: relativistic mechanics and classical field theory in the Minkowski space-time. Classical electrodynamics: Maxwell's equations in the Minkowski space-time, electromagnetic waves in dielectric media, electromagnetic radiation in the dipole approximation.


02TEF1, 02ELMA

Syllabus of lectures:

1. Tensor calculus

2. Newtons mechanics of point mass

3. Rigid body mechanics

4. Continuum mechanics

5. Special relativity

6. Minkowski spacetime and the Lorentz group

7. Lagrange and Hamilton’s formalism for relativistic particle

8. Potentials of the electromagnetic field, gauge transformations

9. Maxwell's equations in the Minkowski spacetime

10. Lagrangian formalism for fields

11. Actions for the charged particle system and the electromagnetic field

12. Electromagnetic waves and dipole radiation

Syllabus of tutorials:

Solving problems to illustrate the theory from the lecture

Study Objective:


Learn the fundamentals of Hamilton's formalism, special relativity and classical electrodynamics. The subject represents the second part of the course of classical theoretical physics at FNSPE.


Application of methods of theoretical physics to solve concrete examples.

Study materials:

Key references:

[1] H. Goldstein, C. P. Poole, J. Safko: Classical Mechanics, Pearson Education; 3rd edition, 2011

[2] E. C. G. Sudarshan, N. Mukunda: Classical Dynamics: A Modern Perspective, World Scientific; Reprint edition, 2015

[3] D. J. Griffiths: Introduction to Electrodynamics, Cambridge University Press; 4 edition, 2017.

Recommended references:

[4] G. Joos, I. Freeman: Theoretical Physics, Courier Corp. 2013.

[5] J. D. Jackson: Classical Electrodynamics, Wiley, New York, 1962. (available in the library of FJFI ČVUT)

[6] L. D. Landau, E. M. Lifšic, Course of Theoretical physics, Elsevier, 2013.

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