` Physics 501



Physics 501: Advanced Classical Mechanics









Week of...

Mon

Wed.

Fri.

Aug. 28

introduction
Lagrangian mechanics. 13-16, 20 Charged particles handout

Sept. 4

Labor day rigid bodies

Sept. 11

variational calculus
Hamilton's principle. 17-18
constrainted variation. 19

Sept. 18

small oscillations. 21-23
normal modes

Sept. 25

symmetry & 0-freq. modes
modal matrices chains. 24

Oct. 2

chains (cont'd) EXAM #1 No class

Oct. 9

chains (cont'd) continuum limit: strings 25

Oct. 16

Strings 38, 39

Oct. 23

Strings & the Sturm-Lioville equation 40, 41 normal mode expansion

Oct. 30

variational approach
Rayleigh-Ritz method, 41-42
membranes 46, 47

Nov. 6

fluids, 48
Veteran's day

Nov. 13

EXAM #2 sound waves, 49

Nov. 20

Hamiltonian Mechanics 32, 33 Thanksgiving

Nov. 27

Hamiltonian Mechanics

Dec. 4

Hamiltonian mechanics

Dec. 11

Final Exam:


Handouts

Interesting resources


Homework


Problem set
Due date
Latex file
notes/comments
Problem Set 1 9/6 tex
Problem Set 2 9/13 tex
Revised 9/11 --- string in 1 is always straight. Typo in 2 fixed.
Problem Set 3 9/20 tex
Problem Set 4 9/29 tex
Revisedd 9/22 --- due date extended
Problem Set 5 - tex

Problem Set 6 - tex

Problem Set 7 - tex

Problem Set 8 - tex
Problem Set 9 - tex

Problem Set 10 - tex

Problem Set 11 - tex

Problem Set 12 - tex