` 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

Oct. 2

chains 24 No class

Oct. 9

chains (cont'd) EXAM #1: 11:00 - 12:50
in Barnard room 126

Oct. 16

continuum limit: strings 25
Strings 38, 39

Oct. 23

Strings & the Sturm-Lioville equation 40, 41 variational approach
Rayleigh-Ritz method, 41-42
normal mode expansion

Oct. 30

membranes 46, 47 fluids, 48

Nov. 6

sound waves, 49
Veteran's day

Nov. 13

sound waves, 49
Hamiltonian Mechanics 32, 33

Nov. 20

Hamiltonian Mechanics EXAM #2:
TUES. Nov. 21, 5:30pm - 7:20pm
in Roberts Hall 312A
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
Revised 9/22 --- due date extended
Problem Set 5 10/11 tex
deadline extended
Problem Set 6 10/23 tex

Problem Set 7 10/30 tex

Problem Set 8 11/6 tex
Problem Set 9 11/17 tex

Problem Set 10 - tex

Problem Set 11 - tex

Problem Set 12 - tex