PHYS620 Fall 2018 Course Information and Schedules  

Course schedule
Homework Schedule

1.  Instructor

Prof. James MacDonald
270 Sharp Lab
jimmacd@udel.edu

 

Office hours (subject to change)

Prof. James MacDonald
270 Sharp Lab
MF 12:45 - 1:45, Tu 1:30 - 2:30

 

 

2.  Books

There is no assigned textbook for this class.

You may find one or more of the following textbooks useful:

1: CLASSICAL MECHANICS, by John R. Taylor, published by University Science Books.

This is the book associated with the candidacy exam. This course will cover the required material for the candidacy exam plus other topics .

2: CLASSICAL DYNAMICS of particles and systems, by Stephen T. Thornton and Jerry B. Marion, published by Cengage / Thomson.

Similar in level to Taylor.

3: VARIATIONAL PRINCIPLES IN CLASSICAL MECHANICS by Douglas Cline. This book is part of the Open Textbook Library and can be obtained for free at Cline Textbook.

 

3. Grading

Weighting for exams and homeworks:

First Exam
20%
Second Exam
20%
Final Exam
40%
Homework
20%

 

Grade Scale:

85% - 100%
A
80% - 85%
A-
75% - 80%
B+
65% - 75%
B
60% - 65%
B-
55% - 60%
C+
45% - 55%
C
40% - 45%
C-
35% - 40%
D+
25% - 35%
D
20% - 25%
D-
0% - 20%
F

 

4. Examinations and Homework.

There will be two in-semester one-hour exams, and a two-hour final exam in finals week. The one-hour exams are tentatively set for the dates shown on the schedule below.

The final exam is on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. The exam is the classroom 306 Gore Hall.

The final exam will be comprehensive. Examinations will be closed book, i.e. memory aids, class notes, textbooks, etc., are not allowed.  The homework is due in class on the date shown on the schedule.

Partial credit will be given for homework and exam solutions, provided the logical steps of the solution can be identified. It is not sufficient to provide a correct answer (many of these are available in books or online) without providing a correct sequence of steps to reach the answer.

5. Make-up Exams

Make-up exams will only be given in the case of an excused absence as defined by the University. If you know of a conflict ahead of time, you must let me know in advance that you will be absent. If you experience an illness, accident or life event, you must notify me at the earliest possible time.

6. Academic Dishonesty

You are encouraged to familiarize yourself with the University's Policy on Academic Honesty, which is in the Student Guide to University Policies. This policy applies to this course.


 

Schedule (as of 8/21/18, subject to change)

Class

Day & Date

Topic(s)

Class Notes

Homework Due

         

1

W Aug 29

Calculus of Variations

Notes 1

2

F Aug 31


   

 

M Sep 3

No class - Labor day

   

3

W Sep 5




4

F Sep 7

Lagrangian Dynamics

Notes 2

 

5

M Sep 10



 

6

W Sep 12



 1st homework due

7

F Sep 14



 

8

M Sep 17




9

W Sep 19

Central force motion

Notes 3

2nd homework due

10

F Sep 21



 

11

M Sep 24



 

12

W Sep 26

Mechanics in non-inertial frames

Notes 4

3rd homework due

13

F Sep 28



 

14

M Oct 1



 

15

W Oct 3

Rotation of rigid bodies

Notes 5  4th homework due

16

F Oct 5




17

M Oct 8



 

18

W Oct 10

  1st one-hour exam  Solutions

 

19

F Oct 12


 

 

20

M Oct 15



 

21

W Oct 17



 5th homework due

22

F Oct 19

Coupled oscillations

Notes 6

 

23

M Oct 22




24

W Oct 24



 6th homework due

25

F Oct 26



 

26

M Oct 29




27

W Oct 31



 7th homework due

28

F Nov 2



 

29

M Nov 5

Scattering

Notes 7

30

W Nov 7



 

31

F Nov 9


 

 8th homework due

32

M Nov 12



 

33

W Nov 14

2nd one-hour exam

Solutions

34

F Nov 16





Nov 19 - 23

No Class - Thanksgiving

 

 

35 M Nov 26

 

 36

W Nov 28



 9th homework due

37

F Nov 30


Additional problems with solutions

 

38

M Dec 3



 

39

W Dec 5


  10th homework due

40

F Dec 7



 

Tu, Dec 11, 10:30 - 12:30 Final Exam    

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Homework Schedule


Homework #
Solutions
Due Date
1 
Solutions
W Sep 12
2 
Solutions
W Sep 19
3 
Solutions
W Sep 26
4 
Solutions
W Oct 3
5 
Solutions
W Oct 17
6 
Solutions
W Oct 24
7 
Solutions
W Oct 31
8 
Solutions
F Nov 9
9
Solutions
W Nov 28
10
Solutions
W Dec 5

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