(Classical Dynamics) Web Page, Fall,
2006 10:00-11:50AM, Monday,
Science Room 10 NOTE!!
Dr. Juyang Huang now teaches this course! I haven't taught it since Fall,
2006!!! Fall, 2006
Calendar. Final Exam Schedule. Goldstein typograpical errors Page.
question has been raised about the
difference between the graduate courses Physics 5324, Classical Mechanics I
5306, Classical Dynamics.Physics 5324 is a graduate course ONLY
FOR NON-PHYSICS GRAD STUDENTS. It meets
simultaneously with Physics 4304, Classical Mechanics, which
undergraduate course primarily for Physics & Engineering Physics
majors. It is at a lower level than Physics 5306, which is
primarily for PHYSICS
Instructor & Contact
Dr. Charles W.
of Physics. Office: Sc. Rm 18.Phone: 742-3768.Office Hours: Right after class plus 3-4pm MWF & by appointment.E-mail: Charley.Myles@ttu.edu.
A class email distribution list will be developed & we can have
It is vital that I
have your correct
email address, that
you tell me if it changes, & that you check your emailDAILY!!Hereis an important email announcement!!
Mechanics, by H. Goldstein, C. Poole,
& J. Safko. (Addison-Wesley). You must have
the latest (3rd)
this classic book!
Topics & Objective
from Chapters 1-8 & 11 of text.
Detailed coverage announced as we go. The Syllabus is
details (discussions of
Exams, Homework, & grading scheme) are found there. Objective: To introduce students to graduate level classical dynamics &
its applications & for the studentsto learn the fundamentals of this
important topic.A Library
Research paper & talk will be due at the end of the semester. Some
this are Here.
Resources & Hints
Document with links to Classical
Dynamics web resources is Here. Hints:
This course is sometimes very difficult for
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!
RESPONSIBILITIES THIS IS
A GRADUATE COURSE!
I expect you to come to
prepared, do the homework,
READthe materialBEFOREI lecture over
it, & keep up as we go along!
I don't take roll &
I have no specific attendance policy. However, isn't it obvious that (unless you are a genius) class
attendance is requiredto
get a good grade (or better, to learn something!)?
attendance becomes a problem, I reserve the right to
institute brief daily quizzes, to be added into the homework grade.
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
Do you want to know more about Dr. Myles (education, experience, research, etc.)? His Homepage
& his Research
Page have details. For some physics
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.
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STATEMENT: All lectures & exams are
copyrighted & owned byCharles W.
reproduction &/or use of any of these documents other than by
students in this
course is allowed!
Page:Has old exams (Word
& solutions (.jpg
homework assignments. Solutions (.jpg format) will
be posted shortly
after the due date.
You are strongly
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! This is on
the honor system! It will do
you no good to merely copy old solutions! Copying solutions will
teach you physics! Problems similar to the
ones have been known to appear on the PhD Qualifying Exam!!!
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!). The exams are
this semester! This should be obvious since the old exams are freely
downloadable by students in this course.
Library Research paper & talk will be due at the end of the
semester. This will be discussed in more detail
as the semester
Page: Has student term papers from 2003 &
2004 (Word or .pdf)
Page: Has student presentations from 2003
& 2004 (Power Point or .pdf) COPYRIGHT
STATEMENT: All papers & talks
are copyrighted & owned by the student listed
as the author! No
reproduction and/or use of them other than by students in this
course is allowed!
1. Check out the
10 most influential people of the last 1000 years! (Link
borrowed from Dr. Tom Gibson!)
of 20th Century Women to Physics!Did you ever wonder why there aren't more women physicists?
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!
3. 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.
Of course, we spend more time
on the Largrangian formalism than the Newtonian one. However,
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.
4. In most of
this course, we use mostly 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
of mechanics we'll discuss
later is the Hamiltonian formulation, developed
bySir William Rowan Hamilton.
This is also equivalent to the Newtonian formulation.
Besides studying it to learn another formulation,
a primary reason for discussing Hamiltonian mechanics
is that it formed the basis or starting point
for Schrodinger's development of the wave mechanics
version of Quantum Mechanics! If you've wondered where the Quantum
Mechanical Hamiltonian came from, you'll learn about that
when we get to Hamiltonian mechanics. A web page about Hamilton
A "Google" search found 32,500 hits!
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