University of Hawaii Physics 311  

Theoretical Mechanics II - Spring Semester 2013

Course Information and Syllabus


Classes: Monday,Wednesday and Friday 0930-1015 in 114 Watanabe Hall, UH Manoa

See schedule below.. update 15 April 2013

Prerequisites:  Physics 151 or 170, and Math 232 (concurrent alright), and Physics 310 or equivalent (see instructor for exceptions).

General Information and Comments:

  1.  Newton's Laws of  Motion   
  2. Projectiles and Charged Particles
  3. Momentum and Angular Momentum
  4. Energy
  5. Oscillations
  6. Calculus of Variations
  7.  Lagranges's Equations
  8. Two-Body Central Force Problems
  9. Non-Inertial Frames
  10. Rotation of Rigid Bodies
  11. Coupled Oscillators and Normal Modes
  12. Chaos
  13. Hamiltonian mechanics
  14. Collision Theory
  15. Special Relativity
  16. Continuum Mechanics

 

 


Schedule: These dates and some problem numbers may change, but the schedule will remain roughly the same…

 

Month

Date

 Week

Day

Topic in Class

Assign due this Class Day

Jan

7

1

Mon

Chapter 9   

9

Wed

9

11

Fri

9

9.2, 9.6

14

2

Mon

9

9.9, 9.11

16

Wed

9

9.22, 9.28

18

Fri

9

9.31, 9.33

21

3

Mon

MLK Holiday

23

Wed

10 

10.2, 10.12

25

Fri

10

10.16, 10.25

28

4

Mon

10

10.33, 10.38

30

Wed

10

10.45, 10.47

Feb

1

Fri

10

10.55, 10.57

4

5

Mon

11

11.1, 11.2

6

Wed

11

11.5, 11.12

8

Fri

11

11.14, 11.20

11

6

Mon

11

11.24, 11.29

13

Wed

11

11.32, 11.35

15

Fri

First mid-term

Chapts  9, 10,11

18

7

Mon

President’s Day

20

Wed

12

Read 12

22

Fri

12

12.1, 12.l6

25

8

Mon

12

12.10, 12.13

27

Wed

12

12.20, 12.27

Mar

1

Fri

12

12.32

4

9

Mon

13

13.1, 13.3

6

Wed

13

13.7, 13.11

8

Fri

13

13.18, 13.23

11

10

Mon

13

13.25, 13.35

13

Wed

14

14.1, 14.2, 14.7

15

Fri

14

14.9, 14.12, 14.18

18

11

Mon

14

14.20, 14.23

20

Wed

14

13.27, 14.29

22

Fri

Second Mid-Term

Chapts   12,13,14

25

x

Mon

Spring Break

27

Wed

Spring Break

29

Fri

Spring Break

Apr

1

12

Mon

15

3

Wed

15

15.2, 15.3, 15.5, 15.7

5

Fri

15

15.14, 15.28

8

13

Mon

15

15.35, 15.46, 15.48

10

Wed

15

15.53, 15.59, 15.78

12

Fri

15

15.79, 15.90, 15.109

15

14

Mon

16

17

Wed

16

16.1, 16.2, 16.5

19

Fri

16

16.9, 16.12, 16.17

22

15

Mon

16

16.25, 16.26, 16.28

24

Wed

16

16.31, 16.32

26

Fri

16

16.36, 16.38

29

Mon

Review

May

1

Wed

Last Class

3

Fri

Study Day

6

Mon

Exam Week

8

Wed

Exam Week

10

Fri

Final Exam

9:45-11:45 114 Watanabe Hall

 

Student Learning Outcomes-

 

At the successful completion of this course a student is expected to have:

1)       modest facility with the mathematical methods needed for this level of course;

2)       mastered Newtonian Mechanics;

3)       come to appreciate the importance of oscillations in phenomena, and

4)          carry out simple calculations with the simple harmonic oscillator;

5)       mastered first level applications in Newtonian gravitation;

6)       understood some methods in the Calculus of Variations;

7)       gotten beginning appreciation of, and facility with, Lagrangian Dynamics

8)       and perhaps most important, have made progress in learning to “think like a physicist’’.

 


teacher: Prof. John G. Learned
office: 327 Watanabe Hall, UHM
office phone: begin_of_the_skype_highlighting(808)-956-2964end_of_the_skype_highlighting

email: jgl  at phys.hawaii.edu
office hours: after class until lunch time, and other times by appointment.

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