Physics 3101, Mechanics I
(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.
- Michael Rozman
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:
- David Morin, Introduction to Classical Mechanics
With Problems and Solutions, Cambridge University Press 2008
- R. Douglas Gregory, Classical Mechanics, Cambridge
University Press 2006
- Additional literature:
- L. D. Landau, E. M. Lifshitz, Mechanics, 3rd edition,
- H. Goldstein, C. P. Poole, and J. L. Safko Classical
Mechanics, 3rd edition, Addison-Wesley 2002
- 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:
- Email to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
- Weekly homework assignments
- Honors conversion:
- Students interested in honors conversion
should contact the instructor during the first week of classes.
- 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.