Physics 6220/7220            Classical Mechanics                              Fall 2002


Class Hours: MWF  11:00 - 11:50 AM

Classroom:     MH4009

Text:   Classical Mechanics, 3rd Edition, Goldstein, Poole, and Safko


Recommended References:  Marion and Thornton, Classical Dynamics of Particles and Systems

                                             Fowles/Cassiday, Analytical Mechanics

                                             Landau and Lifshitz, Mechanics


Instructor: Professor Jacques G. Amar                                          Grading:

Office: MH5006                                                                              Homework      30%       

Office hours: MWF  3:00 - 5:00                                                   First Exam       20%

Office phone: 530-2259                                                                 Second Exam 20%

E-mail:                                              Final                30%



Classical Mechanics plays an important role in the history and concepts as well as the development of Science, ranging from applications in Astronomy to Continuum Mechanics, to the development of several branches of Mathematics, and the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics. It also has important applications in Engineering and Space Science. Other important aspects which will be discussed in this course include Scattering Theory, the Theory of vibrations, phonons and oscillations, and an introduction to modern Chaos Theory and Fractals.


The first third of this course will be focused on the conceptual framework of classical mechanics which underlies all of these subjects.  The remaining two-thirds of the course will be devoted to illustrations of these concepts as well as an introduction to modern Chaos Theory and Fractals.

Since the best understanding comes through solving problems, there will be a strong emphasis on problem-solving in this course.  The lectures will also include a number of informative and interesting examples drawn from the topics mentioned above.