(Classical Mechanics) Web Page, Spring,
12:00 Noon -12:50PM, Monday,
Room 112 Attention!!
course is finished!! It will be taught again in Spring, 2012!
Some of these Physics
4304 pages are under construction! CourseSyllabus. Spring, 2011
Calendar. Final Exam Schedule. Last Update, 5/13/2011. AnnouncementsLecturesExamsHomework
Instructor & Contact
of Physics, Office: Sc. Rm 18.Phone:
A class email
distribution list will be developed & we can have
It is vital that I
have your correct
you tell me if it changes, & that you check your emailDAILY!!Hereis an important email announcement!
Dynamics of Particles and Systems, by J.B.
Marion & S.T.
Thornton (Harcourt). ISBN10:
0534408966, ISBN13: 9780534408961
This book is REQUIRED!! You
the latest (5th)
this classic book!
use because it has
explanations of concepts. Major
portions of the course will use it. Topics will
be covered in
order as the table of contents,
material from many sources may
be used. Local
bookstores should have it. It's available from
vendors on-line. The
Amazon page on it is Here. An
search finds both new &
used copies & both
& paperback versions. A Google
search gets 54,000
hits! (results are Here) with prices ranging from
the book cost, don't you think it
would be worthwhile
to READ IT???
encourage you to shop & find
the best price for you!
Topics & Objective
from Chs. 1-10, 12, & 14 of text. Detailed
coverage will be announced as we go.
The Syllabus is Here. PLEASE READ IT!! Course
details (discussions of
Exams, Homework, & grading scheme) are found there.
Objective: To introduce students to classical dynamics &
its applications & for the students
to learn the fundamentals of this
important topic.The Course
Objectives have more details.
Research paper will be due at the end of the semester. Some rules about
this are Here.
Resources & Hints
A Document with links to Classical
Dynamics web resources is Here.
to Succeed in Mechanics by Really Trying"!
Hints: This course is sometimes very
is partially because it is mathematical & partially because it is
places) abstract. Unless you are a genius, the only way to
this course is by VERY
HARD WORK! This means devoting MANY
outside of class for every hour in class. It also means at least trying to work
every assigned problem!
IS A SENIOR
expect you to come to class
prepared, to do the homework,
READthe materialBEFOREI lecture over
it, & to keep up as we go along!
Level, Pre-Requisites, Objective & Topics
course is the standard (nationwide) junior-seniormechanics course for Physics
Physics majors. However, students in
other areas (math, engineering,
chemistry) sometimes take it & are always welcome. A knowledge of vector
calculus & differential equations is assumed! A
knowledge of elementary
Newtonian mechanics (at the level
1408) is assumed. This
is a Junior/Seniorcourse!! The
math in the text can be tedious. Agoalis
to emphasize physical
understanding over math. I'll often skip math details
in favor of discussing physics. This ISN'T
a math course. If there is amath point
you don't understand,pleaseask me about it & read
about it on your own!
It is importanthat you not let the math get
head to the extent that you lose sight
of the PHYSICS.
take roll & have no
specific attendance policy. However, isn't it obvious that (unless you
are a genius!) class
attendance is REQUIRED to
grade? (or better, to LEARN
SOMETHING!)? There's a
between class attendance
& grades. If
attendance becomes a problem, I reserve the right to
institute brief daily quizzes, to be added into the homework grade. Skipping also means that you are WASTING
the tuition & fees that you (or your parents) paid!
With tuition &
fees for a full-time (Texas)
about $18.00. So, each time
you skip, you are throwing away $18.00!!
After a while this adds
up! My lectures may not be entertaining or brilliant, but
I do expose you to the material.
start Thursday evening
or end Monday evening!
& Monday are class days &NOTweekend
Important Announcements & Calendar Items
are posted on the Announcements Page, linked below. Also below are
links to Pages where Lectures,
Homework Solutions, & Old Exams
(+ solutions) are
Page: Has old
& solutions (.jpg
The exams are
this semester! This should be obvious since the
old exams are freely
downloadable by students in this course. A good
strategy is to try
to solve old exams BEFORElooking
LEARN PHYSICS by copying
New exams & solutions will also be posted
(after the exam!).
homework assignments. Solutions (.jpg format) will
be posted shortly
after the due date.
encouraged to form study groups to
work on homework together! This
is how physicists work in real situations!NO
people who had this
course previously is allowed! NO
of problem solutions posted in previous years is allowed! It will do
you no good to merely copy old solutions! Copying solutions will NOT teach
you physics! I am also aware
that, on the web, there exist solutions to some or all of the problems
in our text. Just copying these (or even copying solutions from
previous years!) & handing them in as your own is CHEATING!!Anyone caught cheating will,at
a minimum, receive
an “F” in
TTU has strict policies against cheating & severe penalties for it,
expulsion from the university.Cheating
defeats the purpose of having you solve problems, which
is to help you LEARN physics.
junior/senior students, you should by now
know thatthe ONLYway to
physics is to
PHYSICSYOURSELF (or with
MANY, MANY PROBLEMS!
try to prevent the large attendance decreases seen in previous
especially on Fridays, a short (10 min.) Quiz will be
FRIDAY, with simple questions about what recently happened in
and/or with simple problems similar to
those in the
are averaged with the Homework grade. The Quiz
equivalently to 1 Homework assignment.
A Library Research
paper is due at the end of the semester. Some
rules about this
This will be
discussed in more detail as the semester
Page: Has some old student term papers
previous years (Word or .pdf)
STATEMENT: All papers are
copyrighted/owned by the student author!
reproduction/use of them other than by students in this
course is allowed!
1. Integral Tables: You will need a good Integral Table. If you are a Physics or
Engineering major, you will need it for much more than this class. I
get a math handbook with integral tables & other math relations.
A standard is the CRC Standard Mathematical Tables and Formulae, by Daniel Zwillinger. There are a large
number of other good ones as well. A Google search gives 76,500 hits! (results are Here).
Prices range from $16 to $900! For
the exams, I'll give needed integrals.
2. Dr. Myles: Do you want to know more about him (education,
experience, research, personal, etc.)?
See his Homepage
out the Top
10 most influential people of the last 1000 years! (Link
borrowed from Dr. Tom Gibson!)
news, go to Physics Central.
For news at a more advanced level, go to Focus News from the American
Physical Society. For some Physics
Fun, click Here.
of 20th Century Women!Did you ever
wonder why there aren't more
women physicists? Actually,
a number of women made very
important contributions to many areas of
in the 1900's. Here is a website which discusses this in detail. In the 21st Century, women are now playing many prominent
roles in physics and the physics community. For example, the current Executive
Officer of the the American Physical Society (a huge organization of ~50,000 research physicists
world-wide!) is Dr.
Kate Kirby. Further, her predecessor was Dr.
Judy Franz. In addition, the most recent past President of APS was
Dr. Cherry Murray. An indication that women are currently and almost
always have been working at the forefront of research in the sciences
is the fact that many women have been awarded Nobel Prizes in the
sciences. So far, though, only two women have been Nobel Laureates
6. In this
course, we talk mostly about the
view of the physical (mechanical) world which
was developed first by Galileo
later put into precise mathematical form by Sir Isaac Newton. The
lives of both Galileo & Newton are interesting (to
a historical viewpoint as well as from a scientific viewpoint. The
following two documents (Word format) give
of what I mean by this. Here
is a one page document about the life of Galileo
is a one page document about the life of Sir Isaac
Newton. "Google" searches on
Galileo & Newton give 5,880,000 hits & 21,800,000
hits, respectively!! A Galileo one is Here.
A Newton one is Here.
7. Later in the course, we'll introduce the
of mechanics. This was first developed by Joseph Louis Lagrange.
As we'll discuss in detail, this formulation is physically identical
to the Newtonian formulation. However, because it makes no direct
reference to forces, it can much more easily handle problems
with constraints, where the forces of constraint might
be among the unknowns of the problem! The life of Lagrange is also
interesting to me. There are many web pages which give insight
into his life. Here is an interesting one. Here
is another. If you are interested, do a "Google" search yourself.
My search found 4520 hits! Here
is a Word document on Lagrange's
mechanics we'll discuss
later is the Hamiltonian formulation, developed
William Rowan Hamilton. This is also equivalent to the Newtonian
Besides studying it to learn another formulation,
a major reason for discussing Hamiltonian mechanics
is that it formed the starting point
for Schrodinger's development of the wave mechanics
version of Quantum Mechanics! If you've
already had Quantum Mechanics & wondered where
the Hamiltonian came from, you will learn about it in detail
when we get to Hamiltonian mechanics. A web pages about Hamilton is Here.
A "Google" search found 3,340 hits.
The WORLD YEAR OF
PHYSICS 2005marked 100 years
since Albert Einstein published 3 pioneering
Effect), which changed
physics forever & are considered the beginning of "modern"
physics! (He won the 1921
Nobel Prize for the Photoelectric Effect!). The United
Congress, & the governments & scientific
societies of many
countries have endorsed it. 2005 events will
highlight the vitality
& importance of physics & bring physics excitement to the
information, click the image on the left.