Physics 501: Advanced
Classical Mechanics
Week of... 
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Fri. 

Aug. 28 
introduction 
Lagrangian mechanics. 1316, 20  Charged particles handout  
Sept. 4 
Labor day  rigid bodies 

Sept. 11 
variational calculus Hamilton's principle. 1718 
constrainted variation. 19 

Sept. 18 
small oscillations. 2123 
normal modes 

Sept. 25 
symmetry & 0freq. 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 SturmLioville equation 40, 41  normal mode expansion 

Oct. 30 
variational approach RayleighRitz method, 4142 
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 
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Problem Set 4  9/29 
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