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Physics 205 Syllabus Fall 2008 Class Room: Sci 242 Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:30 – 5:45 Instructor: Micah S. Johnson Office: Sci 240 Office hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:45-6:30 Contact: [email protected] Phone: Given out in class Text: Goldstein, Poole, & Safko, “Classical Mechanics”, 3 rd edition. Subjects to be covered : Variational principles (mathematical background) Lagrangian mechanics Hamilton’s principle Constraints Symmetries and conserved quantities Applications Central forces and orbits Rigid bodies Oscillations Hamiltonian mechanics Special relativity Classical Field Theory Grading scheme (tentative): Homework (10) 50% Discussions (~9) 20% Exams (2) 30%
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Course plan (Subject to change): Date Description T, Aug 26 Introduction to the course, assessment quiz, Read Chapter 1 H, Aug 28 No assignment due, Lecture: Variational Principle T, Sep 2 Lecture: Hamilton’s Principle, Equations of motion H, Sep 4 Assignment #1 due, Discussion session: Lagrange Mech.
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