PHGN 505
 Classical Mechanics
Spring 2011
Catalog Data: PHGN505: Classical Mechanics I (I). Review of Langrangian
and
Hamiltonian formulations in the dynamics of particles and rigid bodies;
kinetic theory, coupled oscillations and continuum mechanics; fluid mechanics.
Textbook: A.L. Fetter and J.D. Walecka, "Theoretical Mechanics
of Particles and Continua", McGrawHill (1980).


Tim R. Ohno, Associate Professor of Physics
Office MH444, labs MH175 & 163
Office phone x3847, home 3032779459
cell phone 3035948349 (not always on)
Tim's office email, this is the best
way to reach me
office hours: Tim's
schedule

Eric Mayotte, grader
Meyer 264
Eric's email contact him
for extension on HW

Goals
 Understand the fundamental concepts of the Lagrangian and Hamiltonian
formulations of classical mechanics. Develop background for, and applications
of, their extensions to other subfields of physics, e.g., quantum mechanics
and statistical mechanics.
 Master the mathematical techniques of classical mechanics.
 Develop skills in: Problemoriented, structured thinking, Problem
solving and communications

Particle Mechanics
a. Newton's laws  1 class
b. System of particles and Central forces  2 classes
c. Accelerated systems  1 class
d. Variational methods and Lagrange's equations 4 classes
e. Normal modes of vibration; small oscillations  2 classes
f. Rigid bodies; Euler's equations  4 classes
g. Hamiltonian theory  4 classes
Continuum mechanics
a. loaded string, continuum limit, Green's function  3 classes
b. Strain, strain rate, Reynold's transport theorem  2 classes
c. Stress Strain Elasticity 2 class
d. Sound waves, fluids 2 classes
e. Viscous fluids  1 class
Schedule

Handouts in Class 
Syllabus Newton's
Law

Homework (45%) due Thursday at start of class 

Exams: Midterm  15% Final  20% 



Paper (20%) 

Alaswad, Abdulaziz Three
Body Problems 
Browne, Ryan Noether's
Theorem 
Bundgaard, Jeremy Solitons 
Duke, Dana Geophysical Fluid
Dynamics 
Dvorak, Marc Louiville Theorem 
Emmons, Matt Quadrupole
Dynamics 
Guan, Tianyuan Three Body
problems 
Hinnegan, Sarah Shock Waves 
Lochner, Bob Heat Conduction 
Mahl, Adam Relativity 
Meier, Amanda NavierStokes
Equation 
Shields, Dan Nuclear
Fuel Rods 
Speirs, Caleb Raindrops 
