MWF 9:35 am – 10:25 am (period 3), in NPB 1101
Woodard NPB 2065; Tel: 392-8744; Email:
Thursday 3:00 pm – 3:50 pm (period 8) in NPB 2065.
Friday 4:05 pm – 4:55 pm (period 9) in NPB 2065.
Classical Mechanics, H. Goldstein, C. Poole and J. Safko
(Addison Wesley, San Francisco, 2002) 3rd edition ISBN 978-0-201-65702-9.
PREREQUISITES (if you are not a physics graduate student)
3221 and PHY 4222 - Undergraduate Classical Mechanics
PHY 3323 - Undergraduate Electromagnetism
Principle of least action, constraints, Noether's theorem,
Galilean invariance, the Kepler problem, scattering, the virial theorem,
free, forced and damped oscillations, small oscillations of a molecule,
parametric resonance, the rotation group in 3 dimensions, equations of
motion of rigid bodies, Hamilton's equations, Poisson brackets, canonical
transformations, Liouville's theorem, the Hamilton-Jacobi equation,
adiabatic invariants, the mechanics of continuous media.
Homework counts 30% of the grade and will be due
each week at the start of class on Monday's. On weeks when there is
no Monday class (9/3/18 and 11/12/18) homework will be due by noon on
Tuesday in my office or my department mailbox.
The course grade will be based on homework (30%), a test (35%) on
October 3 (Periods E2-E3), and another test (35%) on Decmber 5
Students with disabilities requesting accommodations should first
register with the Disability Resource Center (352-392-8565,
by providing appropriate documentation. Once registered, students
will receive an accommodation letter which must be presented to
the instructor when requesting accommodations. Students with
disabilities should follow this procedure as early as possible
in the semester.