- instructor: alessandra buonanno
- class room: phy 1402
- lecture days: mon & wed 11:00am -
11:50am; fri 10:00am - 11:50am

- first day of class: january 26
- last day of class: may 11

- office room: phy 4212

- e-mail: buonanno@umd.edu
- phone: (301) 405 1440

- office hours: wed 12:00 noon -1:00 pm

- grader: kwan-yuet ho (stephen)

- office room: phy 4223

- e-mail: stephenhky@yahoo.com.hk
- phone: (301) 405 6192

- office hours: mon 2:00-2:50pm and friday
3:00-3:50pm

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.

equations, linear algebra and vector analysis. physics 374 (or equivalent)

is required.

course webpage.

- late homeworks are accepted only under serious circumstances (to be discussed before due day)
- you are encouraged to discuss homeworks with other students,
however the work you turn in should be your own formulation and
reflection

- use of previous solutions is not allowed
(violation of this rule is cause for failure of the course)

- homework sets must show reasoning leading to the final
answers in a clear and readable fashion to obtain credit

- please, include your name and staple the pages together

(tentative) first midterm exam on march 6, second

midterm exam on april 17.

grading

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)

- review of newton mechanics
- small oscillations
- non-linear dynamics
- gravitation
- lagrangian formulation of mechanics
- hamiltonian formulation of mechanics
- central force motion
- rigid bodies
- relativistic mechanics

references of lectures jan 26, 28, 30:

- read chapters 1, 2 of marion's book

references of lectures feb 2, 4, 6:

- read chapter 2 of marion's book

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

- read chapter 3 of marion's book

references of lectures feb 18, 20, 23:

- read chapter 5 of marion's book

references of lectures feb 25, 27, mar 9:

- read chapter 6 of marion's book

references of lectures mar 11, 13:

- read chapter 7 of marion's book

lecture mar 2 canceled because of inclement weather

lecture mar 4:

- review lecture in view of midterm exam

lecture mar 6:

- first midterm exam covering material of chapters 1, 2, 3 and 5 of marion's book
- solutions

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

- read chapter 7 of marion's book

references of lectures apr 1, 3, 6:

- read chapter 8 of marion's book

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

- read chapter 9 of marion's book

lecture apr 15:

review lecture in view of midterm exam

lecture apr 17:

- second midterm exam covering material of chapters 6, 7, and 8 of marion's book
- solutions

references of lectures apr 22, 24, 27:

- read chapter 10 of marion's book

references of lectures apr 29, may 1, 4:

- read chapter 11 of marion's book

references of lectures may 6, 8:

- read chapter 14 of marion's book

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)

- problems 2.2, 2.17, 2.25, 2.29, 2.32 from marion's book
- solutions

(assigned on february 10, due on february 18)

- problems 3.1, 3.2, 3.18, 3.30 and 3.43 from marion's book
- solutions

homeworks on lectures feb 18, 20, 23, 25:

(assigned on february 18, due on february 25)

- problems 5.3, 5.8, 5.10 and 5.15 from marion's book
- solutions

homeworks on lectures feb 27, mar 2, 9:

(assigned on february 27, due on march 11)

- problems 6.4 and 6.7 from marion's book
- solutions

homeworks on lectures mar 9, 11, 13, 23, 25, 27:

(assigned on march 23, due on march 30)

- problems 7.3, 7.7, 7.12, 7.28, 7.33 from marion's book
- solutions

homeworks on lectures mar 30, apr 1, 3, 6:

(assigned on march 30, due on april 8)

- problems 8.5, 8.16, 8.30, 8.47 from marion's book
- solutions

homeworks on lectures apr 8, 10, 13:

(assigned on april 10, due on april 20)

- problems 9.1, 9.9, 9.15, 9.24 from marion's book
- solutions

homeworks on lectures apr 22, 24, 27:

(assigned on april 22, due on april 29)

- problems 10.6, 10.8, 10.12 from marion's book
- solutions

homeworks on lectures apr 29, may 1, 4:

(assigned on april 29, due on may 6)

- problems 11.1, 11.6, 11.7, 11.11 from marion's book
- solutions

homeworks on lectures may 6, 8:

(assigned on may 6, due on may 11)

- problems 14.11, 14.13, 14.16 from marion's book
- solutions

questions and comments may be sent to buonanno@umd.edu

last modified on 5/11/2009