Dr. Dan Boye |
Fall 1999 |
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Office: Dana 134 |
Phone: 892-2394 |
daboye@davidson.edu |

Intermediate Mechanics

**Text:** Classical Dynamics of Particles and Systems, Marion & Thornton, 2nd ed.

**Lecture:** MWF 9:30-10:20, Dana 153

**Office Hours:** MWF 8:30-9:20 and 10:30-11:30, Th 2:30-4:30, and by appointment
nearly any other time. If my office door is unlocked and I'm not there, check in the Dana
basement or in the Physics Office.

**Course** **Objectives:**

The course presents a modern treatment of classical mechanical systems using the increased
mathematical rigor of vector calculus and differential equations. Newtonian,
Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formalisms will be explored.

Course Requirements:

**Attendance:** Attendance at class follows the College's 25% rule. You are strongly
encouraged to attend all lectures since helpful, time-saving hints not to be found in the
text will be presented. Each student is responsible for the material discussed in class
and the announcements made in class. Absence from class does not relieve one from this
responsibility. Attendance at all reviews is mandatory.

**Homework:** The homework problems will come from the text. Some of the
assigned problems will be solely the work of an individual student and will be honor
pledged. The rest of the assigned problems may be worked with the help of other students.

**Grades:** There will be three reviews and a self-scheduled final exam.
Grades will be comprised of the following contributions:

Homework | 30% |

Reviews | 45% |

Final Exam | 25% |

**Course Outline:**

Topic |
Chapter |
Dates |

Mathematical Basics | 1 | 8/23-8/30 |

Newtonian Mechanics of Single Particles | 2 | 8/30-9/24 |

Review 1 |
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Oscillations | 3 | 9/27-10/13 |

Gravitation | 5 | 10/15-10/29 |

Review 2 |
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Calculus of Variations | 6 | 11/1-11/12 |

Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Dynamics | 7 | 11/15-11/29 |

Review 3 |
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Central Force Motion | 8 | 11/29-12/8 |