Prof. Hall - Spring 2016

- Course Info:
- Syllabus
- Schedule and suggested reading.
- Grades are posted on elms.
**Videos:**- Torque-free rotations: Tennis Racket theorem ("Dzhanibekov effect" in Russia)
- with books and boxes (in Russian)
- with a ping pong paddle
- with a wing nut (starts at 0:17, in Russian)
- with a valve and strut (in Russian)
- Precession of a torque-free symmetric top
- A rotating cone. Red vector is angular momentum, green is body axis, purple is omega.
- Precession of a rotating satellite. Yellow is angular momentum, green is body axis, cyan is omega.
- A rotating box. Purple is angular momentum, yellow is body axis, blue is omega.
- Gyroscopes, with gravitational torque.
- Motorized gyroscope, with precession and nutation.
- Tippe
Top.

**Final Exam:**- The final exam will be held on Thursday May 12th at 8 am in PHYS 0405.
- The final will be comprehensive, covering material from the
entire semester.

- We will do an exam review in class on Tuesday May 10th. The
exam review will only cover the material since the third
mid-term exam (Rigid body rotation and non-inertial frames of
reference.)

- You will be given the formula sheet. No other study aids will be allowed.
- Hints for studying for the exam:

- Review your lecture notes and the posted lecture notes.
- Review the homework.
- Review the suggested reading in the textbook.
- Review the formula sheet. Make sure you understand all
of the relevant equations there.

**Homework:**- Homework #1, and solutions.

- Homework #2, and solutions.

- Homework #3, and solutions.

- Homework #4, and solutions.

- Homework #5, and solutions.

- Homework #6, and solutions.

- Homework #7, and solutions.

- Homework #8, and solutions.

- Homework #9, and solutions.

- Homework #10, and solutions.

**Lecture Notes:**

- Week 1: Differential equations, Newton's laws, drag forces.
- Week 2: Linear and angular momentum, work, energy.
- Week 3: Oscillations.
- Week 4: Exam 1 review.
- Week 5: Lagrangian mechanics.
- Week 6: Hamilton's Principle and the calculus of variations.
- Week 7: Hamiltonian Mechanics and Rutherford Scatttering
- Week 8: Exam 2 review.
- Week 9: Central force motion.
- Week 10: Special relativity.
- Week 11: Special relativity continued.
- Week 12: Kinematics of rigid body rotations.
- Week 13: Exam 3 review.
- Week 14: Dynamics of rigid body rotations and non-inertial frames.
- Week 15: Exam review.