Syllabus Physics 35100 Fall 2020

Physics 351 Mechanics Fall 2020
Instructor: Joel Koplik
email –
office – Steinman 1M-19, phone - 650-8162
home phone – 212 533-9560
“Office hours”: send e-mail, call me at any reasonable hour, Zoom meetings possible
Course schedule: lectures Tuesday and Thursday 11:00 to 12:40, online via Blackboard Connect
Prerequisites: Physics 207-8, Math 391
Co-requisite: Math 346 or 392
Grades based on: weekly problem sets: 1/3
two midterm 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 reference frames
Rotational motion in 3-d
Coupled oscillations
Hamiltonian dynamics
Textbook: Classical Mechanics by J. R. Taylor (University Science Books, 2005)
Similar books:
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)
Books with many solved problems:
D. Morin. Introduction to Classical Mechanics (Cambridge, 2007)
D. A. Wells, Lagrangian Dynamics (Schaum’s Outline Series, McGraw-Hill, 1967)
More advanced books:
H. Goldstein, C. Poole and J. Safko, Classical Mechanics, 3rd ed. (Addison-Wesley, 2002)
L. D. Landau and E. M. Lifshitz, Analytical Dynamics 3rd ed. (Butterworth-Heinemann, 1976)
All additional course material (problem sets, solutions, supplements) will be posted on Blackboard