** Physics 5201
**

** Theoretical Mechanics**

** Susanne Yelin
**

** Fall Semester,
2010 **

**Syllabus**

**Contact information**Professor: Susanne Yelin Office hours: Thursday, 1:00 - 2:00 pm Office: P-111 or by appointment Phone: (860) 486-4899 email: susanne.yelin@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.

In addition to (but not replacing) the textbook, I will make my own (handwritten) lecture notes available.**Lectures:**Tuesday and Thursday, 10:30 am – 11:45 pm, 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 25% Final 40% Class participation 5% **Continuous Feedback:**On this link you can give me (anonymous) feedback. I welcome feedback, positive as well as negative, especially before the semester is over, and I can act on it!**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.dosa.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- Special Relativity) 7- Hamilton Equations 8- Canonical Transformations 9- Hamilton-Jacobi Theory (10- Chaos) (11- Continuous Systems) (12- Fluid Mechanics)

The topics in parentheses will be taught only if time and interest exist.