Phys410 - Classical Mechanics

University of Maryland, College Park

Fall 2011

Class
meetings: TuTh 9:00-10:50am, in Physics 1402

Professor: Ted Jacobson, jacobson_at_umd.edu, Room 4115 (Physics Bldg.), 301-405-6020

Office hours: After class, by appointment, or drop by.

TA: Yuchen Peng, ycpeng1_at_umd.edu, Room Phys 0220, 301-655-8729

Office hours: Monday, 4-5:30pm

Textbook:Classical Mechanics, John R. Taylor,
Unviersity Science Books

Course web site: http://www.physics.umd.edu/grt/taj/410a/ . Course plan, homework, notes, supplements, solutions and grades will all be posted.

Professor: Ted Jacobson, jacobson_at_umd.edu, Room 4115 (Physics Bldg.), 301-405-6020

Office hours: After class, by appointment, or drop by.

TA: Yuchen Peng, ycpeng1_at_umd.edu, Room Phys 0220, 301-655-8729

Office hours: Monday, 4-5:30pm

Textbook:

Course web site: http://www.physics.umd.edu/grt/taj/410a/ . Course plan, homework, notes, supplements, solutions and grades will all be posted.

Course web forum: http://piazza.com/class#fall2011/phys410/0

E-mail:
I
will
use
e-mail
to
communicate
with
the
class. Students should use e-mail for quick correspondence with me
regarding

lecture material, homework problems, etc. I can often be reached
at night or on weekends by email. Students are responsible for

making sure I have their correct email address and checking
their email daily. Important messages will sometimes be sent

to the class by email. You may email me with questions
about the homework and I will usually answer very quickly, often
even

at surprising times.

Homework
Policies:

+ Usually assigned weekly.

+ Please make sure you include your
name and the homework and course numbers, and staple the pages
together.

Late homework
accepted only under dire circumstances: if you know it will be
impossible to turn in an assignment

on time, you
must
discuss this with me in advance of the due date. Medical
reasons accepted only with a doctor's note.

+ Homework must be turned in to Dr.
Jacobson (not to the TA).

+ The book by Taylor is widely used, and solutions to many of the problems can surely be found around the department and online.

It would be detrimental to your learning process and unfair to your classmates if you make use of any such solutions.

It is therefore strictly forbidden to make use of such.

+ You are allowed and encouraged to ask Prof. Jacobson for guidance, and to discuss homework with others, including at the Piazza

web site (see above), but the work you turn in should be your own formulation, and should reflect your own understanding, and

you should be prepared to explain and defend it on your own. See Academic Honesty section below for consequences of violation.

Each student must turn in Homework 0 with a signature, showing that homework policies have been read and understood.

+ The book by Taylor is widely used, and solutions to many of the problems can surely be found around the department and online.

It would be detrimental to your learning process and unfair to your classmates if you make use of any such solutions.

It is therefore strictly forbidden to make use of such.

+ You are allowed and encouraged to ask Prof. Jacobson for guidance, and to discuss homework with others, including at the Piazza

web site (see above), but the work you turn in should be your own formulation, and should reflect your own understanding, and

you should be prepared to explain and defend it on your own. See Academic Honesty section below for consequences of violation.

Each student must turn in Homework 0 with a signature, showing that homework policies have been read and understood.

Exams:
Three
exams,
the
third
given
at
the
time of the final exam (Friday, Dec. 16, 8-10am). If
you know ahead of time that you

will miss an exam, you must notify me before the exam. For emergencies, I will accomodate those with valid, doumented excuses and who

have given me timely notification.

Grading: The lowest two homework scores will be dropped. The exam grades will be uniformly "shifted upwards" if I deem necessary (see below).

The homework and exams are each worth 25 +/- 10%, with the weights adjusted at the end of the semester to maximize the total for each student.

In practice this means your two best grade components are worth 35% each and your two worst are worth 15% each. The letter grades

corresponding to numerical scores will be determined after reviewing the class performance as a whole, consistent with the grade definitions

indicating mastery of the material: A: excellent, B: good, C: adequate, D: marginal. The exams are "curved" so that the letters generally fall

close to the standard ranges: A: 100-90%, B: 89-80%, C: 79-70%, D: 69-60%, but sometimes the ranges are stretched a little on the lower end.

will miss an exam, you must notify me before the exam. For emergencies, I will accomodate those with valid, doumented excuses and who

have given me timely notification.

Grading: The lowest two homework scores will be dropped. The exam grades will be uniformly "shifted upwards" if I deem necessary (see below).

The homework and exams are each worth 25 +/- 10%, with the weights adjusted at the end of the semester to maximize the total for each student.

In practice this means your two best grade components are worth 35% each and your two worst are worth 15% each. The letter grades

corresponding to numerical scores will be determined after reviewing the class performance as a whole, consistent with the grade definitions

indicating mastery of the material: A: excellent, B: good, C: adequate, D: marginal. The exams are "curved" so that the letters generally fall

close to the standard ranges: A: 100-90%, B: 89-80%, C: 79-70%, D: 69-60%, but sometimes the ranges are stretched a little on the lower end.

Academic
honesty: The University of Maryland, College Park
has a nationally recognized Code of Academic Integrity,
administered by the

Student Honor Council. This Code sets standards for academic integrity at Maryland for all undergraduate and graduate students. As a student

you are responsible for upholding these standards for this course. It is very important for you to be aware of the consequences of cheating,

fabrication, facilitation, and plagiarism. For more information on the Code of Academic Integrity or the Student Honor Council, please

visit http://www.shc.umd.edu.

The University has adopted an Honor Pledge, which is a statement undergraduate and graduate students are asked to write by hand and sign on

examinations, papers, or other academic assignments not specifically exempted by the instructor. The Pledge reads: "I pledge on my honor that

I have not given or received any unauthorized assistance on this assignment/examination." In this course it is assumed that all students have

entered the University agreeing to the honor principle which would apply in general to all campus activities, so usually no specific statement

is required.

Student Honor Council. This Code sets standards for academic integrity at Maryland for all undergraduate and graduate students. As a student

you are responsible for upholding these standards for this course. It is very important for you to be aware of the consequences of cheating,

fabrication, facilitation, and plagiarism. For more information on the Code of Academic Integrity or the Student Honor Council, please

visit http://www.shc.umd.edu.

The University has adopted an Honor Pledge, which is a statement undergraduate and graduate students are asked to write by hand and sign on

examinations, papers, or other academic assignments not specifically exempted by the instructor. The Pledge reads: "I pledge on my honor that

I have not given or received any unauthorized assistance on this assignment/examination." In this course it is assumed that all students have

entered the University agreeing to the honor principle which would apply in general to all campus activities, so usually no specific statement

is required.