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 and some of 13. (Chapters 9 and 10 will be covered in 110b.)
Course Times: Lecture: MWF, 2:00-2:50pm, WLH 2204
Homework: Assigned weekly, due the following week, at the START of lecture.
Midterms: Weds. Oct. 12 and Weds. Nov. 9, during the lecture time. Bring bluebooks.
Final: Wednesday Dec 7, 3:00-6:00p. No late or early finals, check your schedule now!
Grading: Homework=10%, Midterm 1=15%, Midterm 2=15%, Final=60%. For any questions about the grading, contact Casey.
|Date||Topics (and link to lecture notes)||Homework|
|9/23||Introduction to dynamics|
|9/28||Dynamics. Conservation of momentum||HW 1 (Due Oct. 5) solutions|
|9/28||Drag force examples cont. dimensional analysis|
|9/30||Rocket. Conservation of L|
|10/3||KE, work, PE, conservation of E|
|10/7||Oscillations, damped||HW 2 (due Oct 12) solutions|
|10/10||Oscillations, damped and forced|
|10/12||Midterm 1 (with solutions)|
|10/14||Fun with Functionals, least action|
|10/17||Euler Lagrange equations, applications||HW3 (Due Oct 26) solutions|
|10/19||Euler Lagrange equations, applications cont|
|10/21||Lagrangians, examples cont.|
|10/24||Lagrangian and conservation laws||HW 4 (Due Nov 7) solutions|
|10/26||cont. Noether's theorem and conservation laws|
|10/28||Hamiltonian. L with constraints.|
|10/31||L with constraints, cont.|
|11/2||rolling example, virial theorem|
|11/4||Central forces||HW5 due Nov 18 solutions|
|11/7||Central force cont.|
|11/9||Midterm 2, with solutions|
|11/14||central force motion cont|
|11/16||central force motion cont|
|11/18||coupled oscillators||HW 6 (due Nov 30) solutions|
|11/21||coupled oscillators cont|