**Instructor:**

Michael J. Harrison
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304 Physics and Astronomy Building*
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(517) 355-9278*
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harrison@pa.msu.edu*

**Office Hours:**
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Tuesday and Thursday 1:45 - 2:45 pm*
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Room 304 Physics and Astronomy Building*

**Lectures:**
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Monday, Wednesday and Friday 11:30
- 12:20 pm*
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Room 317 Physics and Astronomy Building*

**Textbook:**
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"Classical Dynamics - A Contemporary
Approach"*
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by Jorge V. Jose and Eugene J. Saletan*
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Cambridge University Press 1998*
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ISBN 0-521-63636-1 (paperback)*

**Topics To Be Discussed:**
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1. Brief review of
Newtonian classical mechanics*
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2. Lagrangian formulation
of mechanics: central force motion; constratins*
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3. Variational principles,
symmetries, conservation laws; Noether's Theorem*
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4. Scattering*
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5. Normal Modes and
small oscillations*
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6. Hamiltonian formulation
of mechanics and canonical transformations*
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7. Hamilton - Jacobi
theory; action-angle variables*
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8. Rigid body motion;
Euler's equations*
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9. Continuum dynamics
and introduction to classical field theory*

**Homework*:**
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Homework is 20% of the course grade.*
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*Note: Each Wednesday, the homework
assigned on days of the previous week will be collected at the beginning
of the class, except the Wednesday before Thanksgiving Holiday begins,
when it will be collected on Monday instead.*

**Midterm Exams:**
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There will be two one-hour exams, each
worth 15% of the course grade.*

**Final Exam:**
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There will be a three (3) hour final
exam, worth 50% of the course grade. It will be administered and
graded by 3 members of the Graduate Subject Exam Committee.*

Classical Mechanics

Only offered in Fall Semester

3 credits ( 3 hr lecture, 0 hr lab)

Two-body central force problem, Hamilton's principle, Lagrangian

and Hamiltonian equations of motion, variational methods, small

oscillations, classical fields.

- updated: 2000.08.28 (Monday) 11:26:41 EDT-