Science Room 10

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Dr. Charles W.
Myles, Professor
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
email
discussions .
It is vital that I
have your *correct*
email address, that
you tell me if it changes, & that you check your email __DAILY__!!
**Here ****is ***an important email announcement!!*

Topics: (Selected)
from Chapters 1-8 & 11 of text.
Detailed coverage announced as we go. The Syllabus is
**Here**.
Course
details (discussions of
Exams, Homework, & grading scheme) are found there. Objective: To introduce students to graduate level classical dynamics &
its applications & for the students to learn the fundamentals of this
important topic. A Library
Research paper & talk will be due at the end of the semester. Some
rules about
this are **Here**.
* *

A (Word)
Document with links to **Classical
Dynamics** web resources is **Here**. ** Hints:**
This course is sometimes very difficult for
students.
This
is partially because it is mathematical & partially because it is
(in
places) abstract. Unless you are a genius, the only way to
succeed in
this course is by *VERY
HARD WORK*! This means devoting *MANY
Hours*
outside of class for every hour in class. It also means at least __trying__* * to work
every assigned problem!

I expect you to come to class prepared, do the homework,

READ the material BEFORE I 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 required* to
get a good grade (or better, to learn something!)?
If
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
posted.

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

Lecture Page: Has lectures in Power Point format.

You are strongly encouraged to form study groups to work on homework together! This is how physicists work in real situations! NO CONSULTATION with people who had this course previously is allowed! NO use 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 NOT teach you physics! Problems similar to the assigned ones have been known to appear on the PhD Qualifying Exam!!!

A
Library Research paper & talk will be due at the end of the
semester. This will be discussed in more detail
as the semester
progresses.

**
****Papers
Page**: Has student term papers from 2003 &
2004 (Word or .pdf)

Some rules about
this are **Here**.

COPYRIGHT STATEMENT: All papers & talks available here 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!

**2.
Contributions
of 20th Century Women to Physics!**
Did you ever wonder why there aren't more women physicists?
Actually,
a number of women made very important contributions to many areas of
physics
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
Galilei** &
later put into precise mathematical form by

**4.** In most of
this course, we use mostly the
Lagrangian formulation
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.

**5.** A
formulation
of mechanics we'll discuss
later is the Hamiltonian formulation, developed
by ** Sir 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
in detail
when we get to Hamiltonian mechanics. A web page about Hamilton
is Here.
A "Google" search found 32,500 hits!