DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY -- (202) 806-6245 (main office), -5830 (fax)
Physical Mechanics 2
PHYS-183 & PHYS-209 [CRN: 12960]: MWF, 12:30
- 2:00, in TKH 304;
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Schedule][Assignments][eGear][Welcome]
Component |
Time |
Remark |
% of Grade |
---|---|---|---|
Homework | See in daily schedule | Late HW = 0 credit !!! | 25% |
Exams (two midterms) | See in daily schedule | not comprehensive | (each) 25% |
Final exam | Last week of semester | comprehensive | 25% |
The aim of the course is to cover: (1) mechanics
of systems of particles, (2) noninertial
reference systems, (3) mechanics of rigid
bodies in 2 and 3 dimensions,
(4) Lagrangian mechanics, (5) dynamics
of oscillating systems.
“Success = 1% inspiration + 99% perspiration”--T.A.
Edison
But, learning is still 100% learnig + 0% teaching.
Day-to-day schedule: Students are required to read ahead
(after change of instructor)
03/13-21: Spring Recess
03/22: Euler's equations and free rotations: §9.3-7
03/24: Precession and nutation: §9.7-8
03/26: Applications: §9.9-10
03/29: 2nd Midterm Exam (§8-9) open-book
03/31: Hamilton's principle and generalized coordinates: §10.1-3
04/02: Lagrange's equations of motion: §10.4-5
04/05: Canonical momenta, contstraints and generalizd forces: §10.6-8 [§9.HW
due]
04/07: The Hamiltonian and Hamilton's equations: §10.9
04/09: Equilibrium and systems with one degree of motion: §11.1-2
04/12: Coupled systems and normal coordinates: §11.3 [§10.HW
due]
04/14: Vibrating systems in general: §11.4
04/16: Applications: §11.5
04/19: [§11.HW due] Final Exam (comprehensive, take-home)
given; due 4/28/04 5:00 PM.
04/21: review
All homework assignments are due by 5:00 pm of the day indicated and should be either given to the instructor in hand, left in the instructor's mailbox in TKH#105, or slid under the instructor's office door, TKH#213. Late homework will not be accepted, except in cases of proven (medical) emergency.
Collaboration policy
Collaboration -- but not blind copying -- on the homework assignments is strongly encouraged; students should use this to learn from each other. All exams and quizzes are open text and open class-notes (including notebooks and class handouts), but no collaboration is allowed; by signing the exams and quizzes, the student implicitly agrees to abide by this policy. Violation of this policy is covered under University regulations on academic dishonesty and cheating.
Presentation and organization
While a neat presentation of home,- quiz- and exam-work is not required for full credit, it certainly makes it easier to assess the quality of the work and give the proper credit due. In all cases, include a simple sketch if it might help conveying the approach or the calculations. Where necessary, include all units and symbols such as the measure of an integral, arrow on a vector, vertical bars for the absolute value of a quantity, for the magnitude of a vector or for the determinant of a matrix, etc.
ADA disclaimer
Howard University is committed to providing an educational environment that is accessible to all students. In accordance with this policy [details], students in need of accommodations due to a disability should contact the Office of the Dean for Special Student Services at 202-238-2420, for verification and determination of reasonable accommodations as soon as possible after admission to the Law School, or at the beginning of each semester.
© Tristan Hübsch, 2004