Classical Mechanics, Lecture 1: Introduction. Degrees of Freedom. Lagrangian Dynamics.

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Lecture 1 of my Classical Mechanics course at McGill University, Winter 2010. Introduction. Dynamical Variables and Degrees of Freedom. Lagrangian vs. Newtonian Dynamics. This was an advanced mechanics class, taught to third-year undergraduates in the physics honours program. The course syllabus is available at The course webpage, including links to other lectures and problem sets, is available at The written notes for this lecture are available at

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