### COURSE: PHYS 320 - CLASSICAL MECHANICS

** INSTRUCTOR: ** Dr. Fearn

**TEXT:** "Classical Dynamics" by J. B. Marion and S. T. Thornton,
3rd edition

For further reading I would recommend "Classical Mechanics" by H. Goldstein
"Introduction to Classical Mechanics" by Arya
and "The variational principles of mechanics" by C. Lanczos

### EXAMS/PROBLEMS:

There will be one midterm and a final exam, the midterm is worth 30% and
the final worth 40%. Problems will be assigned on a regular basis and will
be taken from the book and hand out problems. Each assignment will be
given to you in xerox form. Problems are worth 30%.

You will be encouraged from time to time to try out little projects on
the computer. These projects are for your benefit only and are not
credited, it is very hard to assign different projects and mark them!
Some of you will have experience on different machines/software, use what
ever you feel comfortable with.

No makeups for the final (only for EXTREME EMERGENCY).
Show up for exams even if you are late, every
effort will be made to give you the full time, but I will not
guarantee that. The lowest problem sheet score will be dropped. No show for
an exam without prior notification will be graded as a zero.

### COURSE CONTENT:

1. Intro to vectors scalar product vector product, scalar triple product
and angular momentum. [Ch. 1]

2. Newtonian mechanics, angular momentum and rotational motion, polar
coordinates, cylindrical and spherical, moments of inertia, gyroscope
and intro to a system of particles via C.O.M. motion. [Ch. 2,8]

3. Intro to the calculus of variations, Lagrangian mechanics, method of
Lagranges undetermined multipliers, brief intro to Hamiltonian dynamics.
[Chs. 5,6]

4. Central force motion, planetary motion. Kepler problem (Mec. Univ. films).
How to direct an alien to Mars [Ch. 7]

5. Motion in a non-inertial reference frame, coriolis force. [Ch. 9]

6. Rigid bodies, gyroscope. [Ch. 10]

7. Oscillations [ Ch. 3]

8. Coupled oscillators and waves [Chs. 11,12 and 13?]