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Classical Mechanics PHYS 510 
Days: 
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 
Time: 
3:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m. 

Location: 
CURRENS 336 
Overview: This is the Classical Mechanics course for physics majors at the
advanced undergraduate and graduate level. Tentative list of topics to be
covered includes Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations of mechanics
and their applications to central force motion, dynamics of rigid bodies and
coupled oscillations.
Objectives: The purpose of this course to provide physics students with a solid knowledge of selected topics in Classical Mechanics that are usually left out from the corresponding introductory courses.
Text book: Classical
dynamics of particles and systems (5th edition) by S. J. Thornton and J. B.
Marion
Attendance policy:
Attendance is expected although not mandatory. Students are responsible for all
material presented in class, all homework, and for all changes to the schedule
or plans which are announced in class.
My office is Currens 305. My office telephone number is 3092982743. You are welcome to call me at my office at any time. There is a voice mail if I am not available. My email address is IShovkovywiu.edu. I read email daily.
Office hours: Tentatively, these will be on Mondays and Wednesday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. In addition, you can make appointments with me.
Prerequisites: PHYS 311
The final grade for this course will be based on weekly homework assignments, two midterm examinations, and a final examination. My default plan is to use the following table for determining the maximum number of points for each category:
weekly homework 
300 
1st midterm examination 
200 
2nd midterm examination 
200 
final examination 
300 
TOTAL 
1000 
together with the following grade ranges:
A (8501000 points), B (700849 points), C (550699 points), D (400549 points), F (<399 points)
Homework will usually be assigned every week and should be handed in the following week before the class. In general, late homework will not be accepted. Approximately 2 out of 3 problems will be selected randomly for grading, and each problem will be graded on a scale from 0 to 15. At the end of the semester, there will be approximately 24 graded problems. I plan to use the best 20 in computing your homework score.
Tentative schedule
The exact schedule for lectures and examinations will depend on how long it takes to cover the material. The following is my best guess as of now (August 2006). Please note that the midterm exams are tentatively scheduled for Wednesdays, October 4 and November 8. The midterm exams will each have two problems to be solved in class and two problems to be taken home. The maximum score for each problem will be in the range between 40 and 60 points. The answers without solutions will not be accepted. The takehome questions of the midterm exams will be due on Fridays, October 6 and November 10, respectively, by the beginning of the class (i.e. 3 p.m.). The final examination is scheduled for Wednesday, December 13, 3:00 p.m.  4:50 p.m. There will be no makeup exams.
Dates 
Tentative description of
topics to be covered 

from 
to 

Aug. 21, 2006 
Oct. 2, 2006 
Chapters 6 – 8: Calculus of variations, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian dynamics, centralforce motion 
Oct. 4, 2006 
1st MIDTERM EXAMINATION 

Oct. 6, 2006 
Nov. 6, 2006 
Chapters 9 and 11: Dynamics of a system of particles, Dynamics of rigid bodies 
Nov. 8, 2006 
2nd MIDTERM EXAMINATION 

Nov. 10, 2006 
Dec. 8, 2006 
Chapter 12: Coupled oscillations and, if time permits, some topics from Chapter 13: Continuous systems 
Dec. 13, 2006 
FINAL EXAMINATION 
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Last
modified August 16, 2006