Advanced Mechanics - Spring 1998
Professor Randall J. Scalise
- Lecture meeting times and place:
Tuesday and Thursday 3:30-5:00pm on room 116 Fondren Science
- Office hours: in 104 Fondren Science by appointment
- 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:
- Marion and Thornton, Classical Dynamics, 4th edition, and
- Shankar, Basic Training in Mathematics.
- Errata for Marion and Thornton, 4th ed.
- 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.
- 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".
- 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
- p465 In the first line of equation (12.24), the first term in
parenthses is missing a plus sign.
- p585 equation (B.2a) left-hand side: comma missing between
arguments of F.
- Lecture Notes: on reserve in the Science Information Center
- Grading: (Absolute)
Letter Grade Break Points
- Homework - 40%
- Exam 1 - 20%
- Exam 2 - 20%
- Exam 3 - 20%
- Grade Summary:
All the individual grades arranged by last four digits of
student ID number
- 1998 Calendar
- University Holidays:
19 January, 7-15 March, 10 April 1998.
- Homework Assignments Due dates are strictly enforced.
Solutions are posted in the Science Information Center.
- Assignment #1 - 1 page PostScript bytes,
- Anonymous Feedback
- 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 (on reserve at
- Relevant Web Sites:
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