Physics 5306 (Classical Dynamics) Web Page, Fall, 2006
10:00-11:50AM, Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Science Room 10
NOTE!! Dr. Juyang Huang now teaches this course!
I haven't taught it since Fall, 2006!!!

  Fall, 2006 TTU Academic CalendarFinal Exam Schedule.
Goldstein typograpical errors Page.
The question has been raised about the difference between the graduate courses Physics 5324, Classical Mechanics I & Physics 5306, Classical Dynamics. Physics 5324 is a graduate course ONLY FOR NON-PHYSICS GRAD STUDENTS. It meets simultaneously with Physics 4304, Classical Mechanics, which is an undergraduate course primarily for Physics & Engineering Physics majors. It is at a lower level than Physics 5306which is s a graduate course primarily for PHYSICS GRADUATE STUDENTS! 

Instructor & Contact Information
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: 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!!

Classical Mechanics, by H. Goldstein, C. Poole, & J. Safko. (Addison-Wesley). You must have the latest (3rd) edition of this classic book!

Syllabus, Course Topics & Objective
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.

Help Resources & Hints
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,
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 Here.

Announcements & Calendar Items
            Announcement Page: Has announcements & calendar items. Please check it often!

Lectures, Homework Solutions, Exams & Solutions
Click Here to find out how to reduce the # of pages when printing a Power Point file! Click Here to find out how to get Power Point, Word, & other software for free or almost free! Word & Power Point come in the same package - Office. COPYRIGHT STATEMENT: All lectures & exams are copyrighted & owned by Charles W. Myles! No reproduction &/or use of any of these documents other than by students in this course  is allowed!

            Lecture Page: Has lectures in Power Point format.

            Exams Page: Has old exams (Word format) & solutions (.jpg format).

            Homework Page: Has 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 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 good strategy is to try to solve old exams BEFORE looking at the solutions. You CAN'T LEARN PHYSICS by copying solutions! New exams & solutions will also be posted (after the exam!). The exams are composed uniquely for this semester! This should be obvious since the old exams are freely downloadable by students in this course.

Student Semester Projects
    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.
         Some rules about this are Here.
            Papers Page: Has student term papers from 2003 & 2004  (Word or .pdf)
            Talks Page: Has student presentations from 2003 & 2004 (Power Point or .pdf)
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!

Miscellaneous Topics
1. Check out the Top 10 most influential people of the last 1000 years! (Link borrowed from Dr. Tom Gibson!)

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 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 me) from a historical viewpoint as well as from a scientific viewpoint. The following two documents (Word format) give brief illustrations of what I mean by this. Here is a one page document about the life of Galileo Galilei. Here 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 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. 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 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!

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