Action-angle coordinates

Statistical Physics and Complexity Group meeting

Action-angle coordinates

  • Event time: 11:30am
  • Event date: 25th March 2015
  • Speaker: (School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Edinburgh)
  • Location: Room 2511,

Event details

Completely integrable systems have as many conserved quantities as degrees of freedom, and with the right coordinates one can calculate frequencies of periodic motions -- without explicitly solving any equations of motion! In this talk, I'll introduce action-angle coordinates and solve some examples, including harmonic oscillators and the infinite potential well.