__CLASSICAL MECHANICS 341__

__Instructor__: Dr. Tom Michalik

__Textbook__: __Classical Dynamics of
Particles and Systems__, 5th ed., Thornton & Marion, Brooks/Cole, 2004.

__Course Goals__: The course goals are to
rigorously study and learn junior-senior level classical mechanics, to gain experience and
proficiency in junior-senior level problem solving, and to gain experience in the
application of important mathematical techniques.

__Attendance__: Class attendance is expected.
Attendance will be taken each day. An
absence does not relieve you from the responsibility for work required when you
are absent. Absences, no matter what the cause, will be resolved individually
case-by-case. Talk to me!

__Homework__: Homework is usually assigned
each class meeting. Homework assignments are __pledged__. Homework assignments are due
at the beginning of the class period immediately following the period in which the
assignment was made. I do not accept late work or give partial credit for late work. (I
make an exception, of course, for illness. Please notify me when you are ill.)

__Tests__: There will be two take-home tests
during the semester and a final three hour exam. All tests and exams are open book, open
notes, and open homework. You will have the entire weekend to complete the take-home
tests. __There are no set dates for the take-home tests__. The class will decide which
weekends are best. The first test is usually given at the end of the sixth week and the
second test is usually given at the end of the eleventh week.

__Grading__: The course grade is computed
from three contributions. Homework contributes 30%. The final exam contributes 35%. The
best score from the two take-home tests contributes the remaining 35%. (Yes, I drop the
lower grade of the two take-home tests.)

__Course Content__:
The following
topics will be covered in order: Newton’s 2^{nd} Law as a Differential
Equation, Variable Forces, Trajectories With Air Resistance, Damped
Oscillations, Driven Oscillations, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Dynamics, and
Central Forces. Computer exercises using *Mathematica* will be assigned.