Course Information

• 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:
• 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.
• 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
• 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.
• Extracurricular Activities