Physics 409: Classical Mechanics Fall ‘10 24 August Lecture schedule : 24 August - 2 September: Chapter 1 Homework Set #1: Due Tuesday, 31 August (1) Chap.1, GPS Problem 1 (#4 in 2 nd ed) (2) Chap.1, GPS Problem 2 (#5 in 2 nd ed) (3) Chap.1, GPS Problem 3 (#6 in 2 nd ed) (4) Chap.1, GPS Problem 12 (#2 in 2 nd ed) Reading tips for 26 August : (Sec.1.1-1.3) Definition of Center of Mass (COM) Coordinates and velocities relative to the COM Splitting the total angular momentum of a many particle system into COM and relative terms Splitting the total kinetic energy of a many particle system into COM and relative terms The idea of constraints in a mechanical system The four different types of constraints The concept of degrees of freedom of a mechanical system Reading tips for 31 Aug. : Read Sec 1.4, and read Secs. 1.5 and 1.6. Review example problems in notes. Pay attention to -what a first integral is-what a constant of the motion is _________________________________________________________________________ Typos and errors in 3
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