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Fall 2018 Syllabus Physics 35100


Fall 2018 Syllabus Physics 35100

Physics 351                                          Mechanics                                                     Fall 2018


Instructor:  Joel Koplik

                  Office - Steinman 1M-19, phone - 650-8162, email -


Office hours:  Wednesday and Thursday 2-3 or “anytime”


Course schedule:  Monday and Wednesday 12 to 1:40 in MR 702


Prerequisites:  Physics 207-8, Math 391

Co-requisite: Math 346 or 392


Grades based on:        weekly problem sets:   1/3

                                    two in-class exams:     1/3

                                    final exam                   1/3


Course outline:


            Newton's Laws

            Momentum and angular momentum

            Energy and work

            Lagrange's equations

            Central force motion

            Non-inertial references frames

            Rotational motion

            Coupled oscillations

            Hamiltonian dynamics


Textbook: Classical Mechanics by J. R. Taylor (University Science Books, 2005)


Other books:

D. Morin. Introduction to Classical Mechanics (Cambridge, 2007).

G. R. Fowles and G. L. Cassiday, Analytical Mechanics, 7th ed. (Thompson - Brooks/Cole 2005).

T. W. B. Kibble and F. H. Berkshire, Classical Mechanics 5th ed. (World, 2004).

S. T. Thornton and J. N. Marion, Classical Dynamics 5th ed. (Thompson - Brooks/Cole 2004).

H. Goldstein, C. Poole and J. Safko, Classical Mechanics, 3rd ed. (Addison-Wesley, 2002).


All additional course material (problem sets, solutions, supplements) will be posted on Blackboard.