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


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.


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?]