Course Information

• Lecturer: Professor Randall J. Scalise
• Lecture meeting times and place: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00am to 11:00am in 11 Fondren Science
• Office hours: Tuesday and Thursday 11:00am-12:00noon in 104 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:
• 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])
• pp104,624: problem 2-38 uses "alpha", the solution uses "a". (Caught by A. Gutierrez)
• 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.
• p171 Figure (c) caption: "pendulums" should be "pendula".
• p177 just above section 4.7: "phenomenom" should be "phenomenon". (Caught by A. Kramer)
• p182 Example 4.3, line 3: "interation" should be "iteration".
• p264 equation (7.125) in the denominator of first partial derivative on the right-hand side, the dot between the partial and the q should not be present.
• 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.
• p422 two lines above equation 11.51: I_12 should be I_11. (Caught by A. Gutierrez)
• 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
• Homework - x%
• Final Exam - (1-x)%
where 25 < x < 75
• Grade Summary: All the individual grades arranged by last four digits of student ID number
• Syllabus
• 2000 Calendar
• Official University Calendar
• University Holidays:
• 4 September
• 23-24 November
• Homework Assignments Due dates are strictly enforced.
• Assignment #1 - (due Friday 1 September 2000) Read Chaos by James Gleick and redo the final exam from 3344: 3 pages PostScript 71892 bytes
• Assignment #2 - (due Monday 11 September 2000): 1 page PostScript 35656 bytes
• Assignment #3 - (due Monday 18 September 2000): 1 page PostScript 25407 bytes
• Assignment #4 - (due Monday 25 September 2000): 1 page PostScript 27728 bytes
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