### MEETING TIMES

MWF 9:35 am – 10:25 am (period 3), in NPB 1101### CONTACT

**Bernard Whiting**NPB 2079; Tel: 392-8746; Email: bernard@phys.ufl.edu

**Omer Haq**NPB 2104; Tel: 813 481 1051; Email: omerhaq1@ufl.edu

### OFFICE HOURS

TR 5:10 pm – 6:00 pm (period 10) in NPB 2079, or by appointment.R 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm (period 9) in NPB 2120, for grader, Omer Haq (or at any time, by appointment).

### ASSIGNED TEXT

Classical Mechanics, H. Goldstein, C. Poole and J. Safko(Addison Wesley, San Francisco, 2002) 3rd edition ISBN 978-0-201-65702-9.

### SUPPLEMENTAL TEXT

Mechanics, L.D. Landau and E.M. LifshitzVolume 1 in Course of Theoretical Physics

(Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford, 1976) 3rd edition ISBN 978-0-750-62896-9.

### PREREQUISITES

PHY 3221 and PHY 4222 - Undergraduate Classical MechanicsPHY 3323 - Undergraduate Electromagnetism

### OVERVIEW

Classical mechanics lies at the core of any physics education. Techniques and concepts learnt here will be used throughout your physics career, be it in industry or academia. Problem solving skills developed in physics are essential for a successful research career and highly prized wherever physicists crop up in industry. You must take this class seriously from the very beginning, working consistently and maintaining a grasp of the course. Seek help instantly if you feel yourself slipping, lest you fall behind irrevocably.### CONTENT

Introduction, principle of least action, constraints, Noether's theorem, Galilean invariance, the Kepler problem, scattering, the virial theorem, free, forced and damped oscillations, small oscillations of a molecule, parametric resonance, the rotation group in 3 dimensions, equations of motion of rigid bodies, Hamilton's equations, Poisson brackets, canonical transformations, Liouville's theorem, the Hamilton-Jacobi equation, adiabatic invariants, the mechanics of continuous media.### HOMEWORK

Homework is work you do at home (or, at least, outside the class) whether assigned by me or assigned by yourself. Either way, for the course to be effective, it has to be done, but the long-term benefits are significantly better if you are self-motivated in the work you do.### HOW TO DO WELL?

- Attend and participate fully in class
- Solve relevant, interesting and hard problems
- Hand homework in on time, every time