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Analytical Mechanics II - PHYS 400/500 - Spring 2019

Class meetings:
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:30-13:45 in La Tourette Hall, Conference room 227, starting 2019-01-15

Instructor: Professor A. Glatz
Office: La Tourette Hall 217

Office hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11:00-12:00, or by appointment (just send an email).

Grading: Weighted according to 40% homework and (25% midterm + 35% final) exam.

Homework policies: There will be several problems solved in class for every chapter we study. Additional problems will be assigned as homework. There is no substitute for solving problems on your own. No late submission of homework assignments or papers will be accepted and no make-up work will be offered for missed attendance or exams, unless a valid excuse is presented in official writing by an authorized party (e.g. a doctor's note supporting absence from class due to illness or a medical procedure, or the head of a unit requesting advance permission for a student to be absent on certain days). Such excuses should be submitted in advance of the absence, if possible, but no later than within a week after returning to class. Attendance will not be taken, but you cannot hand in homework without being in class, and you will not do well if you do not follow the coursework. If you want to hand in homework and you are not able to attend class, it must be handed in early, not late. In that case you can turn them in to my mailbox in the Physics main office if I am not around. Homework papers should be written neatly (or typed), single-sided on paper, and stapled. Electronic submission of (scanned) homework only with good justification. You are encouraged to consult with each other on the homework. However, each of you must turn in only your own work. Do not turn in anything that you have copied, or anything that you do not truly understand.

Exam policies: Exams will be closed book, but you may bring one page of notes in your own original handwriting. Relevant formulas will be given with the problems. No electronic devices are allowed.

Midterm exam: Thursday, March 21, 9:30-10:45.
Final exam: Thursday, May 9, 10:00-11:50

Textbook: S.T. Thornton and J.B. Marion, Classical Dynamics of Particles and Systems, 5th Edition (Brooks/Cole, Belmont, CA, 2004).

Suggestions: To get the maximum out of each lecture, come prepared by reading in advance the part of the textbook that is going to be covered in class that day. If you have problems with your homework or to understand some concepts, please do come to my office for help. The best way to prepare for exams is to study homework problems and the lecture notes & textbook.

See the also the syllabus for a list of topics to be covered in the course.


due before class on
Assignment 1PDF2019-01-24
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