Physics 3102 Mechanics II
- Course Description:
- Physics 3102 Mechanics II proceeds
along two tracks: physics of continuous media and Lagrange’s and
Hamilton’s formulation of classical mechanics.
Continuum physics describes the macroscopic physical world around
us. Whereas a course of analytical mechanics is almost a standard
part of physicists’ education, physics of continuous media is a
course much harder to come by, The enormous progress of quantum
physics has almost eliminated macroscopic phenomena from the
physics curriculum. Nonetheless, research in engineering,
geophysics, materials science, and biology demands increased mastery of its
The course aims to offer a modern, unified introduction to the basic
concepts and phenomenology of continuous macroscopic systems.
Emphasis is placed equally on intuition and formalism with examples
from geophysics, astrophysics and other fields.
The course is intended for physics, biology, mathematics, chemistry,
engineering and geophysics advanced undergraduate students. The
mathematical prerequisites are modest and are developed further as
the need arises.
- A basic background in calculus, ordinary
differential equations and Newtonian mechanics. Familiarity with a
programming language is a plus but not required.
- Course Webpage:
- Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 11:15 AM — 12:05 PM
in room P103A, Physics Building.
- Michael Rozman
| phone:||860 486 5827|
| office:||P327, Physics Building|
| office hours:||TBA and by arrangement|
- The course is based on the following books which
are not required but highly recommended:
David Morin, Introduction to Classical Mechanics
With Problems and Solutions, Cambridge University Press 2008
- B. Lautrup, Physics of Continuous Matter, Exotic and
Everyday Phenomena in the Macroscopic World , CRC Press 2011
- Computer Lab:
- Physics Computer Lab P122, time to be arranged.
- talking in person is the preferred
method to contact the instructor; email to
mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org is the next best option.
please include the tag “[phys3102]” (without quotes,
no spaces) in the subject of your email, e.g. “[phys3102]
midterm II retake”
- please no emails larger than 10K without instructor’s explicit
permission or request. Use UConn File DropBox
https://dropbox.uconn.edu/dropbox or UConn FileLocker
http://web2.uconn.edu/filelocker/ for submitting large files
- Weekly homework assignments
Highly recommended: make copies of homework assignments for your own
files. (A copy machine is in the main physics office. It is
available for you for free.)
- Two midterm exams and a cumulative final
exam. Networked devices are not allowed during the tests.
- Course project:
- may be assigned individually as a partial or
full replacement of the final exam
- Use of LATEX
- is strongly encouraged. Extra points will be
assigned for homework prepared in LATEX
- Grading scheme:
The course grade will be calculated using the following scheme.
| Final exam||30%|
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