Introduction to Classical Mechanics by D. Morin
(available as an ebook) and check out Safari
Basic Training in Mathematics by Shankar (first few chapters available from Google books)
Topics to be covered:
Vectors and Kinematics
Foundations of Newtonian Mechanics
Momentum, Work, and Energy
Conservative and Nonconservative Forces
Angular Momentum
Orbital mechanics
Also ... some math methods
and introduction to Mathematica
Meeting Schedule:
Lecture: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday in Scott Lab E0001 11.30am-12.25pm
Homework "dojo": Fridays in Smith Lab room 2017, from 10.30 on through the afternoon. NOT a required formal session, just a good time to come ask questions and work together.
Holidays:
Labor Day, Mon Sept 4
Autumn Break, Thurs-Fri Oct 12-13
Veterans Day, Fri Nov 10
Thanksgiving break, Wed-Fri Nov 22-24
Grade Weighting:
Homework [30%]
Midterm #1 [15%]: Thursday evening (7.30pm-9.30pm) Sep 28, in Smith Lab room 1153
Midterm #2 [20%]: Thursday evening (7.30pm-9.30pm) Nov 9, in Smith Lab room 1153
Final [35%]: Thursday Dec 14, 10am nominally in Scott E0001, but will probably change as the date approaches
Instructor:
Prof. Gregory Kilcup
office: M2030 Physics Research Building
email: kilcup.1@osu.edu
phone: 946-0276
Office Hours: most afternoons in Smith 1011, especially when homework is due. Fridays in Smith Lab room 2017.
Homework will be due on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.
I'll usually bring a box to class, but one can also hand it in later in the 1011 lounge.
Everyone gets two late homeworks, i.e. we will accept two late homeworks w/o question.
We will automatically drop your lowest homework score, so you can
afford to miss one assignment w/o penalty. More precisely we will
award everyone one homework "coupon", good for upgrading your lowest score to 100%.
This will be done for you automatically at the end of the term.
You can earn a second "coupon", good for upgrading your next lowest score, by
participating in a Physics Education Research survey.
Hwk #2, due Wednesday Sept 6, which includes this worksheet. Also, there are some TopHat questions regarding Mathematica which are assigned as homework.
Hwk #3, due Wednesday Sept 13. There will also be a few TopHat questions.
Please join the course at tophat.com. The code is 699029.
Mathematica is among the software which has been
licensed for your use at OSU. Start reading here to learn more. You will eventually end up logging in to
the Self Service Portal, and clicking on through "Software Services" to make a "Site Licensed Software Request."
Mathematica session one, to be read at your leisure, with some questions to answer in TopHat.
Mathematica session two, to be read at your leisure, with some questions to answer in TopHat.
Mathematica notebook three, to be read in conjunction with problem set 4.