# Course Information

• Lecturer: 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
• Contact:
• Leave a note in the Physics Department Office - 106 Fondren Science, or
• send me e-mail: <scalise@mail.physics.smu.edu>
• Texts:
• 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 closed.
• 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
• 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
• Syllabus
• 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, PDF bytes
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• Extracurricular Activities