PHYS 352: Mechanics II

Prerequisite: PHYS 251
Recommended pre/co-requisite: MATH 261

Course Description

Newton’s Laws and conservation laws will be reviewed, followed by an examination of Hamilton’s Principle and the Lagrangian formulation of mechanics. Using these tools, topics such as central force motion, dynamics of systems of particles and rigid bodies, and coupled oscillations and normal modes will be explored.

Useful Information

Class Time MWF 9:55 – 11:00 AM
Instructor   Dr. Hoffman
Location  P204

“If I had been rich, I probably would not have devoted myself to mathematics.”

-Joseph-Louis Lagrange

Course Materials

Course Syllabus
Useful Information
Sample Homework Problem

Useful Links

Spinning top
Precession force-free symmetric top
Lagrange Top Model
Symmetric Top Model
Torque-Free Top Model

Homework

Problem Set #1
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Problem Set #3
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Problem Set #9