P521: CLASSICAL MECHANICS

Fall 2000






Meets: MWF 10:10-11:00 am, in Swain West 217
 

Instructor: Charles Horowitz

Swain West 233

E-mail: charlie@iucf.indiana.edu

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.

  • The homework will consist of problem sets due about once a week. These are the heart of the class. Important: Late homework will not be accepted. You should simply turn in what you have on the due date and will be given partial credit. This is to keep you from falling behind and to be fair to others in the class.
  • Grader: Sonali Tamhankav

    Swain West 262B

    E-mail: sotamhan@indiana.edu
     
     

    Goal: The course provides the classical field theory background for Quantum Field Theory.
     
     

    OUTLINE




    I. Introduction:

    II. Lagrangian Dynamics

    III. Small Oscillations

    IV. Rigid Bodies

    V. Hamiltonian Dynamics

    VI. Strings and Membranes

    VII. Sound Waves