(Fall Semester 2010)

**Course Description:**- Physics 3101 (Mechanics I) covers the
following topics: Newton's laws of motion, Euler-Lagrange equations,
variational principles and equations of motion, Hamilton's
principle, conserved quantities, rigid bodies and tops,
introduction to nonlinear mechanics and chaos.
**Instructor:**- Michael Rozman
email: rozman@phys.uconn.edu

phone: 860 486 5827

office: Room P327 in Physics Building **Office Hours:**- Monday and Wednesday from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM in
P322 Physics Building and/or by appointment.
**Course Texts:**-
- Required:
- David Morin,
*Introduction to Classical Mechanics With Problems and Solutions*, Cambridge University Press 2008

- David Morin,
- Optional:
- R. Douglas Gregory,
*Classical Mechanics*, Cambridge University Press 2006

- R. Douglas Gregory,
- Additional literature:
- L. D. Landau, E. M. Lifshitz,
*Mechanics*, 3rd edition, Butterworth-Heinemann 1982 - H. Goldstein, C. P. Poole, and J. L. Safko
*Classical Mechanics*, 3rd edition, Addison-Wesley 2002

- L. D. Landau, E. M. Lifshitz,

- Required:
**Lectures:**- Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 11:00 AM -- 11:50 PM
in room M407, Math Building.
**Computer Lab:**- Physics Computer Lab P122, time to be arranged.
**Course Webpage:**`http://www.phys.uconn.edu/phys3101/`**Communications:**- Email to rozman@phys.uconn.edu is the preferred
method to contact the instructor.
**Please include the string ``[phys3101]'' (without quotes) in the subject of your email**, e.g. ``[phys3101] midterm II retake''. Phone calls are returned at the discretion of the instructor. **Homework:**- Weekly homework assignments
**Honors conversion:**- Students interested in honors conversion
should contact the instructor during
**the first week of classes**. **Exams:**- There will be two lecture-hour midterm exams and an
open-book
**cummulative**final exam. **Grading scheme:**The course grade will be calculated using the following scheme.

Homework 30% Midterms 40% Final exam 30%