PHYS 500 (or instructor's permission)
We will rely most heavily on the notes given in the class. No single textbook
comes close enough to being a unique alternative to the notes. The following
two are recommended and you should have access to the first one, at least, throughout the semester.
Classical Mechanics (3rd edition) by Herbert Goldstein, Charles P. Poole, and John L. Safko
(Addison Wesley, 2001, ISBN-10: 0201657023, ISBN-13: 978-0201657029)
Mechanics, Vol 1 (3rd edition) by L. D. Landau & E. M. Lifshitz
(Elsevier, 1976, ISBN: 0750628960)
Visit the web page frequently. Homeworks and assignments, as well as any important
announcement, will be posted here.
Take advantage of the office hours. Feel free to call/e-mail me anytime if you have
an urgent question.
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Grading scheme (tentative):
- Homework: 50%,
- Class participation: 10%,
- Midterm exam: 20% (10/15/12)
- Final exam: 20% (12/10/12).