Dr. Dan Boye Fall 1999
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    
Oscillations 3 9/27-10/13
Gravitation 5 10/15-10/29
Review 2    
Calculus of Variations 6 11/1-11/12
Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Dynamics 7 11/15-11/29
Review 3    
Central Force Motion 8 11/29-12/8