Classical Mechanics

Fall 2019

SYLLABUS

CLASSICAL DYNAMICS (321)

T/R 3:30-4:45pm Instructor:  Dr. Dylan McNamara
Office: DL 211
Office Phone:  (910) 962-2588
Email:  mcnamarad@uncw.edu
Office Hours: M/W – 1-2pm.

TEXTBOOK and OTHER SUPPLIES

Required: Classical Mechanics by John R. Taylor
Supplemental: Classical Dynamics of Particles and Systems, 4th ed, Marion and Thornton

CLASS ATTENDANCE

Attendance is required to do well in this course.

FLIPPING

I am flipping the classroom for portions of the semester.  This means you will do problems in class and watch lectures at home.  Class lectures can be found here: https://vimeo.com/user31119044/videos and they are linked below.

GRADING

2 Exams each worth 100 points =  200 pts
In class “quizzes” worth a total of =  100 pts
Comprehensive Final worth  =  200 pts
TOTAL POINTS AVAILABLE =  500 pts

Grades will be given as follows*:
                  90%-100%                              A
                  80%-89%                               B
                  70%-79%                               C
                  60%-69%                               D
                  Below 60%                             F
                  *Note – Under certain circumstances I reserve the right to lower this scale.

COURSE OBJECTIVE

In this course you will learn the Newtonian, Lagrangian, and Hamiltonian formulations of mechanics.  We will cover the following topics: Newton’s Laws, momentum, energy, oscillations, chaotic dynamics, and rotating frames of reference.

COURSE SCHEDULE

Date Chapter Video Problem Set
8/22 Intro    
8/27 1 Newton 1.1,1.35
8/29 2 Projectile  
9/3 2   2.3,2.6,2.7,2.11,2.35
9/5 3 Momentum  
9/10 3    
9/12 3   3.2,3.8,3.17,3.22,3.29,3.30,3.31,3.34
9/17 4 Energy  
9/19 4   4.2,4.7,4.17,4.23,4.28,4.34,4.48
9/24 5 Oscillations  
9/26 5    
10/1 5   5.10,5.13,5.14,5.21,5.22,5.23,5.30,5.33
10/3 12   12.2
10/8 EXAM 1    
10/15 16    
10/17 16    
10/22 9 Non-inertial Frames  
10/24 9   9.2,9.10,9.18,9.25,9.28,9.33
10/29 6 Calculus of Variations  
10/31 6   6.10,6.11,6.12,6.15,6.27
11/5 7    
11/7 7    
11/12 7 Lagrange Multipliers  
11/14 7    
11/19 7   7.1,7.8,7.14,7.15,7.16,7.23,7.28,7.33,7.35
11/21 EXAM 2    
11/26 13    
12/3 13   13.3,13.10
12/10 FINAL EXAM