**Physics 410 -
Spring 2007**

**Department of
Physics**

**University of
Maryland**

Room 4205E Physics Building, Phone: (301) 405-1440

E-mail: buonanno@physics.umd.edu

Office Hours: W 12:00 noon -1:00 p.m. or by appointment.

Course Title: Classical Mechanics (4 credits)

Grader: Evan Ochsner

Room 4214 Physics Building, Phone: (301) 405-6195

E-mail: evano@physics.umd.edu

Office Hours: M 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. and W 12:00 noon -1:00 p.m. or by appointment.

Textbooks: The required textbook is Classical Dynamics of Particles and Systems byThornton

and Marion (Thomson), 5th Edition

The recommended textbook is Classical Mechanics by H. Goldstein, 3th Edition

Other recommended books are The Lectures on Physics by R. Feynman (vol 1)

and Mechanics by L.D. Landau and E.M Lifsits.

Prerequisite: The course assumes prior exposure to Fourier analysis, linear differential

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

is required.

Lectures: MWF: 11:00 a.m.-11:50 a.m., Phys. 0405

F: 10:00 a.m. -10:50 a.m., Phys. 1201

Homeworks: Homework will be assigned at the beginning of each new topic and they are due

in one week. Solutions will be either posted on the course webpage or will be given

in class.

Exams: There will be two midterms and a final. The midterms will be given during lecture periods

Grading: Your grade for the course will be based on the following percentages:

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)

1. Review of Newton mechanics

2. Small oscillations

3. Non-linear dynamics

4. Gravitation

5. Lagrangian formulation of mechanics

6. Hamiltonian formulation of mechanics

7. Central force motion

8. Rigid bodies

9. Continuous systems

10. Relativistic mechanics

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