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Unformatted text preview: PHYS 3202 Classical Mechanics II - Syllabus Spring 2011 Schedule Instructor : Shina Tan, Howey N05 (office hours: M 4:15-5:15pm, or by appointment) Office Telephone: 404-894-2821 Email: [email protected] Assistant : Xunchi Chen, Boggs B22 (office hours: F 2:00-3:30pm) Email: [email protected] Lectures : MWF 12:05-12:55pm except 1/17(holiday) and 3/21-3/25 (spring break). Goals This course mainly concerns the movements of macroscopic bodies under the influence of forces. Topics include many body mechanics, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian techniques, and concepts of relativity. Since this is considered a continuation of PHYS 3201 Classical Mechanics I, I will usually skip material that was already covered there, unless I find it helpful to revisit certain contents. Textbook and Reference Material The majority of concepts that I will teach are in the textbook: Thornton and Marion, Classical Dynamics of Particles and Systems, 5th edition . For obvious reasons, only a portion of the contents in this book will be covered. I may alter the order of contents. (For example, because concepts such as many-body kinetic energy is a prerequisite for un- derstanding Lagrangian mechanics, I will teach the first few sections of Chapter 9, Dynamics of a System of Particles first, skipping collisions and rocket motion.) Some contents I teach can not be found in the above book. Optional additional reading material– Kleppner and Kolenkow’s “An Introduction to Me- chanics” contains excellent material on Newtonian mechanics. D. Ter Haar’s book “Elements of Hamiltonian Mechanics” has a concise account of Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics (although its language is not always easy to comprehend). For intermediate level mechanics, one could read Symon’s “Mechanics” or Patrick Hamill’s “Intermediate Mechanics”. Forone could read Symon’s “Mechanics” or Patrick Hamill’s “Intermediate Mechanics”....
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This note was uploaded on 01/22/2012 for the course PHYS 3202 taught by Professor Tan during the Spring '11 term at Georgia Tech.
- Spring '11