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1. I got a book and it basically says everything is self contained in that you don't need prior knowledge of mechanics. However, it says you need to know ODE's.

I was wondering, what has ODE's do with mechanics and how much do I need to know to understand mechanics. Certainly flicking through the book it says Hamiltonian mechanics is based on a ODE's. I guess basic wave motion and stuff.

P.S. I read a few things about Hamiltonian mechanics. Isn't QM based on it?
2. from a classical perspective you just need to know how to solve first and second order ODE's.

not sure about hamiltonian, it's a second year option for us. I'd assume you'd be solving them through matricies. But I don't know.
3. (Original post by Totally Tom)
from a classical perspective you just need to know how to solve first and second order ODE's.

not sure about hamiltonian, it's a second year option for us. I'd assume you'd be solving them through matricies. But I don't know.
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4. (Original post by Profesh)
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do you know what a boson is? if i didn't have any warn points i'd post such an appropriate picture right now.

5. (Original post by Simplicity)
I was wondering, what has ODE's dot do with mechanics
Displacement, velocity, acceleration, and the relationship between them. Need I say more?
6. on a side note, how do you mix up a d and a g? they are like f apart.
7. (Original post by Totally Tom)
on a side note, how do you mix up a d and a g?
Easily. With simplicity.
8. (Original post by Totally Tom)
do you know what a boson is? if i didn't have any warn points i'd post such an appropriate picture right now.
The grey particles are bosons, are they not? With the theoretical 'Higgs' boson denoted by 'H', and weak bosons by 'W' and 'Z' respectively.

(This isn't relevant to the thread; I just felt inspired by your avatar and the broadly mathematical nature of the subject-matter.)
9. (Original post by Profesh)
The grey particles are bosons, are they not? With the theoretical 'Higgs' boson denoted by 'H', and weak bosons by 'W' and 'Z' respectively.
yah but what is a boson?
10. (Original post by Profesh)
The grey particles are bosons, are they not? With the theoretical 'Higgs' boson denoted by 'H', and weak bosons by 'W' and 'Z' respectively.

(This isn't relevant to the thread; I just felt inspired by your avatar and the broadly mathematical nature of the subject-matter.)
And I thought you were just a wordsmith.
11. (Original post by Totally Tom)
yah but what is a boson?
So far as I'm aware, a type of elementary particle. (It may surprise you to learn that my intention in posting a particularly egregious *******isation of a popular meme was not to deliver an exhaustive treatise on something about which I know dangerously little.)
12. (Original post by elsa_89)
And I thought you were just a wordsmith.
I am one with the dread epistemological edifice of Wikipedia.
13. (Original post by Profesh)
So far as I'm aware, a type of elementary particle. (It may surprise you to learn that my intention in posting a particularly egregious *******isation of a popular meme was not to deliver an exhaustive treatise on something about which I know dangerously little.)
fair enough, i do think that posting memes you don't understand is a bit of a newfaggy thing to do.

Carry on.
14. (Original post by Totally Tom)
fair enough, i do think that posting memes you don't understand is a bit of a newfaggy thing to do.

Carry on.
Well, they were evidently bosons, and they looked about as serious as bosons can look (within reason). I just called it like I saw it.

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