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Discrete time

S. G. Rajeev

in Advanced Mechanics: From Euler's Determinism to Arnold's Chaos

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
December 2013
ISBN:
9780199670857
eISBN:
9780191775154
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199670857.003.0015
Subject:
Physics, Atomic, Laser, and Optical Physics

Whether time is discrete at the fundamental level is still unknown. But for computational purposes, it is very useful to have a form of mechanics in which time increases in finite steps. Each step ... More


Advanced Mechanics: From Euler's Determinism to Arnold's Chaos

S. G. Rajeev

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
December 2013
ISBN:
9780199670857
eISBN:
9780191775154
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199670857.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, Atomic, Laser, and Optical Physics

This book begins with the ancient parts of classical mechanics: the variational principle, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formalisms, and Poisson brackets. The simple pendulum provides a glimpse of the ... More


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