Text: Classical Mechanics by John Taylor. (This and other possibly useful texts will be placed on reserve at the Library.) We will cover chapters 1 to 8, and chapter 11. (Chapters 9 and 10 will be covered in 110b.)
Course Times: Lecture: TTh 8:00a-9:20a, PETER 103.
Homework: Assigned weekly, due the following week, at the START of lecture.
Midterms: Tues. Oct. 14 and Thurs. Nov. 6, during the lecture time. Bring bluebooks.
Final: Tuesday Dec. 9, 8:00a-11:00a. No late or early final, check your schedule now!
Grading: Homework=20%, Midterm 1=15%, Midterm 2=25%, Final=40%. For any questions about the grading, contact our course grader: Miriam Graf, firstname.lastname@example.org .
|Date||Topics (and link to lecture notes)||Homework|
|9/25||Introduction to dynamics|
|9/30||Dynamics. Conservation of momentum, angular momentum, energy.||HW 1 (Due Oct. 7) solutions|
|10/2||More on conservation laws, and energy.|
|10/7||Oscillations||HW 2 (Due Oct. 14) solutions|
|10/9||More on oscillations|
|10/14||Midterm 1 (exam and solutions)|
|10/16||Principle of least action. Other functionals||HW3 (Due Oct. 28) solutions|
|10/21||Euler Lagrange equations. Applications. Examples.|
|10/23||More on Euler Lagrange equations. Applications. Examples.|
|10/28||Nother's theorem, conservation laws||HW 4 (due Nov. 6) solutions|
|10/30||More conservation laws. More examples|
|11/4||Constrained Systems. Examples.|
|11/6||Midterm 2 (with solutions)|
|11/11||Veteran's Day. No class.|
|11/13||Central Forces||HW 5 (due Nov. 20) solutions|
|11/18||Central Forces, cont.|
|11/20||Central forces cont.|
|11/25||Coupled oscillators||HW 6 (due Dec. 4) solutions|
|12/2||Coupled oscillators cont.|