General Information about 5300 Theoretical Mechanics
- Course title:
- Theoretical Mechanics
- The text for the course is
Classical Mechanics by John R. Taylor
Other recommended references include:
The official prerequisites are C+ or higher in Physics 2301;
credit for Math 2174 or Math 2415 or Math 2255 or Math 5520H.
Talk to Prof. Furnstahl if you're concerned about
- Instructional Philosophy:
- The structure of the course is based on the observation that
"active learning" is more effective than straight lectures during which
you are passively listening. As we all know from experience, you really
learn the physics when you do problems, ask questions, and discuss the underlying concepts
(or, even more so, when you have to teach it!). So the most important part
will be discussions and actual problem solving among the participants and the
instructor. To make this possible, we will dedicate much of the class
time to discussion questions and simulations
(and we "flip" some lecture material so you look at videos and other
material outside of class
and we do discussion questions and exercises in class),
and students will be highly encouraged to
discuss and work on assignments with each other. This will be facilitated with
the online student-driven question-and-answer system (Piazza),
which can be accessed through Canvas.
There will be Piazza-based assignments
that range from two-minute problems to advanced exercises
for the experts. Some of the exercises are designed to lead the student
to go back over particular lecture material to make sure it is understood
while others extend the lecture and still others introduce topics not
yet touched upon. To avoid the assignments from becoming major time sinks,
we do not attempt to develop the type of problem-solving skills that require
students to struggle over individual problems for many hours. Rather, the
idea is to guide students rather explicitly but let them fill in details
- Prof. Richard Furnstahl
office: M2048 PRB
phone: 614-292-4830 (office) or 614-847-4026 (home)
- Class meets TWThF from 11:30am-12:25pm in Smith 1048.
- Office Hours:
- TBA, and by appointment (asking in class is easiest but email works)
or just drop by Prof. Furnstahl's office (M2048).
- Assessment (grading):
- Other Items:
- If you have a disability that warrants special consideration for
examinations, please contact Prof. Furnstahl as soon as possible
to make appropriate arrangements. For more information, the website
for the Office of Disability Services is
- The university policy
https://oaa.osu.edu/coam-procedures-and-rules.html on academic misconduct will be followed
this guide and the FAQ).
You may (and should)
discuss homework problems with other students, with Prof. Furnstahl
or other faculty.
Most assignments will be done in groups but some will be
specified as individual (for the latter, you must submit your own
version of the assignment).
- Web Pages:
- This info:
- Course home page:
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Last modified: 01:37 pm, October 18, 2017.