ph409_assign09 - Physics 409: Classical Mechanics 21...

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Physics 409: Classical Mechanics Fall ‘10 21 October Lecture schedule : 26 October: Ch. 5, Sec. 5.4 28 October:: Chap. 5,Sec. 5.5, 5.6 Reading tips for 26 October : What is a principal axis transformation? What are the principal axes of a rigid body? What are the principal moments of inertia of a rigid body? What is the inertia ellipsoid? What do the eigenvalues and eigenvectors of the moment of inertia tensor correspond to? Why is it advantageous to find the principal moments and principal axes in the body fixed frame rather than the space fixed frame? Reading tips for 28 Oct. (Sec 5.5 & 5.6) : What are Euler’s equations of motion for a rigid body? Are they valid in the body-fixed frame or the space-fixed frame? What is an asymmetric rigid body? For an asymmetric rigid body is motion stable about any principal axis? What is a symmetric top? For torque-free motion of a symmetric top, what are the body cone, space cone, polhode, and herpolhode?
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