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course is finished!! It will be taught again in Spring, 2012!
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will be updated
shortly after each class has
finished. Please check this page at
least two or three times a week!
Course Syllabus. Spring, 2011
Calendar. Final Exam Schedule. Last Update, 5/13/2011.
you learn Physics???? It's
usually not sufficient to read the book, come to class, & watch me
solve problems (although doing these certainly can't
way to learn
physics is to DO
MANY, MANY PROBLEMS!!
entire course, remember to continue to focus on
LAWS OF MOTION!!
Every topic is directly or indirectly
related to applications of Newton's
Laws or to Newton's Laws.
Dr. Myles' Future Teaching is discussed Here.
the End of the Semester
- 1. Ch. 8 Homework: #5,6,9,11,12,14. DUE (my office
5PM, Fri., May 6!!! I
will post the solutions after that!
- 2. Ch.
7. Lectures. Note: As
an overview, we covered ONLY Sections 7.1-7.4. Ch. 7 Homework, Part I: #1,3,4,6,7,9,10,12,14,16. I
suggest that you look at these in preparation
for the Final, which
will have one Lagrangian Dynamics Problem. Solutions
In this chapter,
alternate forms of
classical mechanics (Lagrangian & Hamiltonian
are 100% equivalent to Newton's Laws of Motion, but they are
based on Energy rather than Forces. Because these theories are
equivalent to Newton's Laws of Motion, they clearly fall under
LAWS OF MOTION!! These
theories are often much easier to apply than Newton's Laws. This is
especially true for complicated complicated problems or problems in
which some of the forces are unknown. Obviously, if all forces are not
known, Newton's 2nd Law can't be used directly. These theories will be
useful to you if you go to graduate school. Also, Hamiltonian Mechanics
the starting point that the founders of Quantum Mechanics used to
develop that theory.
- 3. Final Exam: Tuesday,
May 10, 1:30-4 PM!!
your "Cheat Sheet" and calculator! As stated in the
syllabus, this will be treated
III & so won't
be comprehensive!! It
will cover Ch. 5
(Gravitation) & Ch. 8
(Central Forces). It will also have one MANDATORY
Lagrangian Dynamics (Ch. 7) problem!!
- 4. Research Paper: As discussed the first
class day & as is in the Course Syllabus, 25%
of your grade (equal to 1
Exam!) in this course
is from a Research
Paper. It is due no later
than Noon, Wednesday, May 11!!! Some
rules about this
- 5. Grades are
Due: Monday, May 15, 5:00
- A. Wonderful
Look at this video posted on the TTU Web Here.
It's about Ginger
Kerrick, an accomplished young woman who is also my friend. She is
one of the most distinguished alumni of the Dept. of Physics &
TTU. She has a Physics BS (1991) & MS (1993). She is a Flight
Director for the International Space
Station! While she was here, I taught her in at least 2 undergrad
classes & one graduate class. She was always at the top of those
classes & was a pleasure to teach. She was Commencement
speaker in Dec., 2010. I'm proud of her success. TTU has done an
excellent job on this video, which is excellent PR for TTU &
our department. U-Tube also has many videos of interviews with
her in her Flight Director job. She visited the
department many times since she graduated & she is still as nice,
outgoing, & energetic as she was when she was a student. More
information about her is Here
- B. Physics
of 20th Century Women! Since
we have mentioned women in physics some in class, I thought some of you
might be interested in the following: A number of women made very
important contributions to many areas of
in the 1900's. Here
is a website discussing this in detail. In the 21st Century, women are playing many prominent
roles in physics & the physics community. For example, the current Executive
Officer of the American Physical Society (a huge
organization of ~50,000 physicists!) is Dr.
Kate Kirby. Further, her predecessor was Dr.
Judy Franz. In addition, a recent past President of APS was
Dr. Cherry Murray. An indication that women are currently & almost
always have been working at the forefront of research in the sciences
is the fact that many women received Nobel Prizes in the
sciences. So far, only 2 women have recieved a Nobel in Physics.
- C. Integral/Math Tables: For some chapters,
will need a good Integral table. I
recommend that you
get a math handbook with integral tables & other math relations.
Anyone who wants to be a professional scientist should have one of
these for a resource, On exams, I'll give needed integrals.
- D. Email List: I'll add
you to my distribution list
if you send an email to
Charley.Myles@ttu.edu. I send mass
emails a couple times a week to my list. If you don't receive them, an important reason might be Here. It's vital that I
have your correct
email address, that
you tell me if it changes, & that you check your email DAILY!! If you aren't on the list, you may miss important
announcements. If you aren't receiving my messages &
think you ARE
on my list, something is wrong, so please come & discuss this with
- E. ATTENDANCE: The
start Thurs.! Fri.
is a class
is Mon.!), not a
weekend day! Attendance
traditionally gets worse as the semester progresses. This is
especially true on Fridays. I
don't take roll & have no
specific attendance policy. But, isn't it obvious that (unless you're a genius!) attendance
is REQUIRED to
grade or to LEARN
SOMETHING? There's a
between class attendance
& grades. Skipping means that you are WASTING
& fees that you (or someone) paid!
With tuition &
fees for a full-time (Texas
resident) student, each class meeting
about $16.96. Each time
you skip, you are throwing away $16.96!!
After a while this adds
up! My lectures may not be entertaining or brilliant, but
I do expose you to the material.
- F. How Do you learn physics?Coming to class,
listening to me
& reading the book in advance of class are all very important
& necessary. But, these things alone are usually
not sufficient! Unless
you are a genius, the ONLY way to
physics is to DO
PHYSICS YOURSELF(or with
friends) by WORKING
MANY, MANY PROBLEMS!!
- G. Physics & Math Level:
This is the
standard (nationwide) Junior-Senior course for Physics
& Engineering Physics majors. The math level is that of a Junior-Senior Physics course.
Differential equations & vector calculus are assumed. This ISN'T a math
course! It's not my job to teach you math
& there simply is no time to do so!!
I must assume that you know
problems students have with this course are the fast pace
& the math. A GOAL
is to emphasize physical understanding over math. We may skip some math
details in favor or discussing physics.
If there is a math point you don't understand, please
ask me about it & read about it on your own! It is important
that you not let the math get over your head to the extent that you
lose sight of the PHYSICS.
- H. Miscellaneous Course Information: Click Here. Items covered are: Attendance,
Study Groups, Email List, My Teaching Philosophy, Tips on Downloading & Printing
Course Related Files, and
in Course Related Files.
- I. Dr.
Page. Dr. Myles'
discussing this is Here.
- J. Physics News: Physics Central
(for the public). Focus
News (advanced level) from the APS. Physics Fun!