P521: CLASSICAL MECHANICS
Meets: MWF 10:10-11:00 am, in Swain West 217
Instructor: Charles Horowitz
Swain West 233
Office hours: MW 11:00-12:00 or by appointment, just ask in
class or send email, most times MWF are fine. I am
typically at the Cyclotron on T and R.
Text: A.L. Fetter and J. D. Walecka, Theoretical
Mechanics of Particles and Continua. Note: We will follow the
text fairly closely and cover roughly the first nine chapters.
Grade: Will be based on homework (40%), a midterm (25%), and a final (35%). Class participation will be rewarded extra credit also there may be a chance to do a small numerical project for extra credit.
Grader: Sonali Tamhankav
Swain West 262B
Goal: The course provides the classical
field theory background for Quantum Field Theory.
II. Lagrangian Dynamics
III. Small Oscillations
IV. Rigid Bodies
V. Hamiltonian Dynamics
VI. Strings and Membranes
VII. Sound Waves