PHY 35102 Spring 2001

INSTRUCTOR: |
E.K. Mann (Office: SMH322) |

E-MAIL & PHONE: |
emann@kent.edu
(330)672-9750 |

CLASS HOURS: |
MWF 12:05-12:55 SMH208 |

OFFICE HOURS: |
MWF 10:15-11:30 or by appointment |

**Goals:
**

- Introduce the Lagrangian and Hamiltonian approaches to physics
- Appreciate the power and implications of conservations laws in classical mechanics.
- Begin to explore methods for treating multi-particle and extended systems.

*TEXTBOOKS:*

"Classical Dynamics of Particles and Systems" Marian & Thornton (1988, 4th ed.)

*GRADES:* Your course grade will be weighted
as follows:

Homework | 30% |

Pre-assignments and in-class discussion | 10% |

Midterm Exam I | 20% |

Midterm Exam II | 20% |

Final | 20% |

*Pre-assignments* (click on the link above) must be completed by 9 am of the day of class. They are required, but will be graded on effort, not on any "right answer": there may be none, and a wrong answer may be worthwhile.

*Mid-terms* will be given at the beginning of October and the beginning of November. The exact date will be announced at least one week before the exam.

The *final* will be given at the assigned time and will be comprehensive.

Last updated: January 15, 2001