August 19th, 2017, 02:22 PM  #11 
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That's a nicely balanced list. You can rest assured you won't have time in two semesters to go into any difficult differential equation theory. HamiltonLagrange theory is best described an energy method, which is often even simpler, once you get the hang of it. The calculus of variations is about finding a minimum function (usually an energy one hence its tie up with HamiltonLagrange) that satisfies some criterion. So light takes the path of minimum time can be used as the basis for optics theory and so on. Non linear mechanics and Chaos canbe quite fun at elementary level. Add this book by David Acheson to your list  it contains some superb examples From Calculus to Chaos An Introduction to Dynamics 
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EDIT: Given the spirit of this thread, i thought I'd add that the book is actually a second hand library book from the "University of Leeds".. Which i believe is in the UK? Last edited by Joppy; August 19th, 2017 at 05:08 PM.  
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