Phys 318: Theoretical Mechanics I

**Contact information**Professor: Robin Côté Office Thursday Office: P-114 Hours: 1:00-2:00 PM Phone: (860) 486-4912 or by appointment email: rcote@phys.uconn.edu **Text book:***Classical Mechanics*, 3rd ed., Goldstein, Poole & Safko, Addison-Wesley, San Diego (CA), 2002. (ISBN 0-201-65702-3). See the following link for updates on the book.**Lectures:**Tuesday and Thursday, 10:30-11:45 AM, Room P-121.**Assessment:**There will be bi-weekly written homework assignments, one written midterm exam, and one final exam. The following weights are used in calculating the final grade in the course.Homework 30% Midterm 30% Final 40% **Academic misconduct:**There is a zero-tolerance policy for any form of academic misconduct. An explanation of academic misconduct can be found at http://www.doas,uconn.edu. See Section VI of*The Student Conduct Code*by clicking on*Judicial Affairs*, then*Student Code*, then*Part VI: Academic Integrity in Undergraduate Education and Research*. Also see the link to*Judicial Process FAQ*which is available on the*Judicial Affairs*link.**Course Outline:**1- Survey of classical mechanics 2- Variational Principles and Lagrange's Equation 3- Central Forces 4- Rigid Body Motion 5- Oscillations 6- Hamilton Equations 7- Canonical Transformations 8- Hamilton-Jacobi Theory 9- Continuous Systems