**Lecturer:**Professor Randall J. Scalise**Lecture meeting times and place:**Tuesday and Thursday, 11:00am-12:20pm in 20 Fondren Science**Office hours:**Monday noon-1:00pm in room 107 Fondren Science, during any laboratory period in room 20 Fondren Science, and by appointment.**Contact:**- Call or leave a message at 768-2504, or
- Leave a note in the Physics Department Office - 106 Fondren Science, or
- send me e-mail: <scalise@mail.physics.smu.edu>

**Text:**- Marion (and Thornton),
*Classical Dynamics*, any edition.

- Marion (and Thornton),
**Errata for Marion and Thornton, 4th ed.**- p41 above equation 1.121: "gradiant" should be "gradient". (Caught by E. Reiman)
- p47 problem 1-32: It is confusing to call r-dot the magnitude of
the velocity vector. r-dot should be the time derivative of
the magnitude of vector r, which is very different from v. Change
to "the quantites
*r*and*v*are the magnitudes... ". - p66 equation (2.45): The "t" in the exponent should be capitalized.
- p97 top: "u_horz" should be "v_horz". (Caught by S. Thornton [no relation])
- p119 In all three lines above Figure 3-8, "omega" with no subscript should be "w". (Caught by E. Rittenburg)
- p121 First paragraph, fifth sentence: "...oscillate about zero
*several*times..." should be "...oscillate about zero an*infinite number*of times..." - p128 Second sentence after equation (3.63): the natural angular frequency should be squared in the inequality.
- p177 just above section 4.7: "phenomenom" should be "phenomenon". (Caught by A. Kramer)
- p182 Example 4.3, line 3: "interation" should be "iteration".
- p266 equation (7.133) first term: partial L should be delta L.
- p391 2nd paragraph, line 4: (3.5%) should be (0.35%).
- p391 2nd paragraph, line 7: the leading open parenthesis is never closed.
- p443 1st paragraph, line 6: "period predicted for the precession of the axis of rotation is 1/Omega" should be "2 Pi/Omega".
- p465 In the first line of equation (12.24), the first term in parentheses is missing a plus sign.
- p480 equation (12.85) the first term in the 1,1 entry of the A matrix should be "mgb" not "mgb^2".
- p585 equation (B.2a) left-hand side: comma missing between arguments of F.

**Lecture Notes**1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12,**Exam Dates:**- Exam 1 - Thursday 5 October 2006 in class - 90 minutes.
- Exam 2 - Thursday 7 Decemeber 2006 room 20 Fondren Science 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM

**Grading:**(Absolute)- Homework - 60%
- Exam 1 - 20%
- Exam 2 - 20%

**Grade Summary:**All the individual grades arranged by four-digit code number**Syllabus****Calendar****Official University Calendar****University Holidays:**- Monday 4 September 2006
- 9-10 October 2006
- 22-24 November 2006

**Homework Assignments**Due dates are strictly enforced.- Assignment #1 - 1 page PostScript due 24 August 2006 solutions
- Assignment #2 - 2 pages PostScript, PDF due 31 August 2006 solutions
- Assignment #3 - 1 page PostScript, PDF due 7 September 2006 solutions
- Assignment #4 - 1 page PostScript, PDF due 14 September 2006 solutions
- Assignment #5 - 1 page PostScript, PDF due 21 September 2006 solutions
- Assignment #6 - 1 page PostScript, PDF due 28 September 2006 solutions
- Midterm examination - 2 pages PostScript, PDF 5 October 2006 solutions, Mathematica notebook solutions to problems 1-8
- Assignment #7 - 1 page PostScript, PDF due 19 October 2006 solutions
- Assignment #8 - 1 page PostScript, PDF due 26 October 2006 solutions
- Assignment #9 - 2 pages PostScript, PDF due 2 November 2006 solutions
- Assignment #10 - 2 pages PostScript, PDF due 9 November 2006 solutions, Mathematica notebook solutions to Assignment #10
- Assignment #11 - 1 page PDF due 28 November 2006 solutions,
- Final examination - 2 pages PDF, solutions.

**Extracurricular Activities****Recommended Reading:***Chaos*by James Gleick*Mathematica*Manual by Stephen Wolfram*Classical Mechanics*2nd ed. by Vernon D. Barger and Martin G. Olsson*Classical Mechanics*by Herbert Goldstein

**Relevant Web Sites:**- Lorenz - Chaos mpeg movie. A demonstration of sensitive dependence on initial conditions for a Lorentzian non-linear system. You will see a string of 100 initial conditions which evolve over time.Credit goes to Tom Doucett trd@christa.unh.edu (thanks also to Kevin Short).
- Follow - Chaos mpeg movie. The synchronization of two chaotic systems. The systems here are based on the Lorenz equations, where the x-coordinate of the first system is used to drive the second system into synchrony. You will see two traces representing the two systems. The traces will converge when synchrony is achieved. The second system will be "kicked out" again after convergence, so you can see that it resynchronizes quickly. Credit for the mpeg file again to: Tom Doucette, trd@christa.unh.edu
- Colliding Galaxies
- Gamelan Physics JAVA Applets
- Centrifugal and Coriolis Java Applets
- Frank Potter's Science Gems
- C-ship - explore special relativity through starship flight simulation.
- Relativity Links: Sites, movies, and literature.
- Nobel Laureates in Physics
- Dictionary of Scientific Quotations
- Physicists on the Money
- Images of Famous Physicists (from UCSB)
- Pictures of Famous Physicists
- Contributions of Women to Physics
- The Annals of Improbable Research

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