physics 410: Classical mechanics

 spring 2009 schedule


contact info 



the required textbook is "classical dynamics of particles and systems" by
thornton and marion (5th edition).
recommended textbooks are "classical mechanics" by goldstein (3th edition);
the "lectures on physics" by feynman (vol 1); "classical mechanics" by taylor.


The course assumes prior exposure to fourier analysis, linear differential
equations, linear algebra and vector analysis. physics 374 (or equivalent)  
is required.



homeworks will be assigned once per week. solutions will be posted on the
course webpage.

homework rules


there will be two midterm exams and a final exam.
(tentative) first midterm exam on march 6, second
midterm exam on april 17.


the course grade will be based on the homeworks and exams.
homework:           40%
midterm exams:    30%
final exam:           30%

academic integrity

the university has approved a code of academic integrity available on the web. 
the code prohibits students from cheating on exams, plagiarizing papers, submitting
the same paper for credit in two courses without authorization, buying papers, submitting
fraudulent documents, and forging signatures.  the university senate requires that students
include the following signed statement on each examination or assignment: “i pledge on my
honor that i have not given or received any unauthorized assistance on this examination
(or assignment).”  compliance with the code is administered by a student honor council,
which strives to promote a “community of trust” on the college park campus.  allegations
of academic dishonesty can be reported directly to the honor council (314-9154) by any
member  of the campus community.

course description

The following topics will be covered during the course (tentative)
references of lectures jan 26, 28, 30:

references of lectures feb 2, 4, 6:

references of lectures feb 9, 11, 13, 16, 18:

references of lectures feb 18, 20, 23:

references of lectures feb 25, 27, mar 9:

references of lectures mar 11, 13:

lecture mar 2 canceled because of inclement weather

lecture mar 4:

lecture mar 6:

references of lectures mar 23, 25, 27, 30:

references of lectures apr 1, 3, 6:

references of lectures apr 8, 10, 13, 20:

lecture apr 15:

review lecture in view of midterm exam

lecture apr 17:

references of lectures apr 22, 24, 27:

references of lectures apr 29,  may 1, 4:

references of lectures may 6,  8:

lecture may 11:

review lecture in view of final exam

homeworks on lectures jan 28, 30, feb 2, 4, 6:
(assigned on january 28, due on february 9)

homeworks on lectures feb 9, 11, 13, 16:
(assigned on february 10, due on february 18)

homeworks on lectures feb 18, 20, 23, 25:
(assigned on february 18, due on february 25)

homeworks on lectures feb 27, mar 2, 9:
(assigned on february 27, due on march 11)

homeworks on lectures mar 9, 11, 13, 23, 25, 27:
(assigned on march 23, due on march 30)

homeworks on lectures mar 30, apr 1, 3, 6:
(assigned on march 30, due on april 8)

homeworks on lectures apr 8, 10, 13:
(assigned on april 10, due on april 20)

homeworks on lectures apr 22, 24, 27:
(assigned on april 22, due on april 29)

homeworks on lectures apr 29,  may 1, 4:
(assigned on april 29, due on may 6)

homeworks on lectures may 6, 8:
(assigned on may 6, due on may 11)

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last modified on 5/11/2009