Physics 330 Analytical
Mechanics Fall (3) 2010

**Instructor:** Mark Taylor Office: Gerstacker 118

Phone: 569-5241

email: taylormp

**Office Hours: **MTRF 12:30-2:30, 4:00-6:00, Wed.
9:00-6:00, Sat. and Sun. 1:00-5:00.

Also, feel free to stop by at other times, call me, or send me email.

**Meeting Times: **MTRF 10:00-11:30, 2:30-4:00, Gerstacker 10

**Textbook:** "Classical Dynamics",
5^{th} edition, by Thornton and Marion

**Course Overview
and Goals:**
This course will provide an intensive study of classical mechanics. This elegant subject provides the
foundation to all fields of physics and thus a solid grasp of this material is
essential. We begin with a review
Newtonian mechanics as learned in Physics 213, however, we will be working at a
much higher level of mathematical sophistication than was possible in 213. We will then study two important
reformulations of Newtonian mechanics based on the calculus of variations. These are the Lagrangian
and Hamiltonian approaches. These
new methods yield the same results as the original Newtonian method, but for
complicated systems they are often much easier to apply. Finally we will use these new methods
to make a detailed study of central force motion (i.e., the two body problem)
and rigid body rotational dynamics.
The primary goal of this course is to learn some of the advanced
techniques of analytic mechanics.
A more general goal is to learn to do physics at a more formal level. Historically, this formal approach has
been extremely productive in physics, leading to connections between disparate
fields of study. Such formal methods provide a systematic approach to tackling
complex problems. A final goal for
this course will be to learn some important approximation and numerical
techniques, since for most "real world" problems, exact analytic
calculation will only take us so far.

Links
to pdf files:

Course
Information Sheet Syllabus

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