Physics 505: Advanced Dynamics
last updated:  Sept 9, 2018
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Announcements:   Below is the detailed schedule for the course.

Class meeting time:  T/Th 9:30-10:45, Workman 352

Contact Info: M. Creech-Eakman, Workman 357, X5809 (voicemail here) OR occasionally MRO, ROB 147, X6756 OR michelle.creecheakman -at- nmt.edu

Office hours: Posted on the door to my Workman Office or by appointment (try email first)

Main books: 3rd edition of Goldstein, Safko and Poole's book "Classical Mechanics"

Click here for a pdf copy of the syllabus.


Quote for thought:
"The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them."
--Albert Einstein

Links for grabbing papers:

ADS Abstracts
LANL Preprint Server


Links or suggestions for other useful reading: 

Landau and Lifshitz, "Mechanics"
Taylor "Classical Mechanics"
Thornton and Marion "Classical Dynamics of Particles and Systems"
Corben and Stehle "Classical Mechanics"  (also at Dover)
Lanczos "The Variational Principles of Mechanics" (Dover)
Abramowitz and Stegun "Handbook of Mathematical Functions" (Dover)
NIST website for mathematical functions


(Detailed schedule of topics.  Read ahead.)

Schedule, Reading and homework assignments:

Aug 21:  No class -- professor out.  Use the time to study for the prelim.
Aug 23:  
Read Chapter 1. Short class. Syllabus and start taking notes on basic definitions.
Aug 28:  Chapter 1 -- Definitions, review on conservation.
Aug 30:  Read Chapter 2.  Lagrangians.  HW #1 due.
Sept 4: Euler-Lagrange formalism and examples.
Sept 6: More examples of Lagrangians vs. Hamiltonians.  Generalized coor.  HW #2 due.
Sept 11: Read 1st half Chapter 3. Finish Ch 2 - momentum dicussion.  Start Chapter 3. Discuss paper topic requirements.
Sept  13: More on conservation, Kepler's laws, etc. Read last half Chapter 3.  HW #3 due.
Sept 18:
Sept 20: HW #4 due.
Sept 25:
Sept 27:
Oct  2:  Test #1 tentatively this week.
Oct 4:
Oct 9:
Oct 11:
Oct 16:
Oct 18:
Oct 23:
Oct 25:
Oct 30:
Nov 1:
Nov 6:
Nov 8:
Nov 13:
Nov 15:
Nov 20: Test #2.
Nov 22:  Thanksgiving  No Classes.
Nov 27:
Nov 29:
Dec 4:
Dec 6:
Finals week -- Week of Dec 10.  TBD  Test #3 on scheduled day.