29::205 Classical Mechanics Syllabus
Fall Semester 2014
- Professor Yannick Meurice
- Office: 514 VAN
- Phone: 335-1991
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Web page:http://www-hep.physics.uiowa.edu/~meurice/ or link
- Lectures: 9:30 AM to 10:45 PM in Lecture Room 618 in Van Allen
Building. Please come on time.
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 11:00AM-noon. Feel free
to schedule appointments at other times.
- L. Landau and E. Lifshitz, third ed., Pergamon (LL). A
classic textbook. On 2 hour reserve at the Science Library.
- S. G. Rajeev, Advanced Mechanics, Oxford 2013 (SGR).
More advanced aspects and recent developments. Available
electronically from our library.
- H. Goldstein, C. Poole and J. Safko, Classical Mechanics,
third ed., 2002. Another standard textbook.
- V. I. Arnold, Mathematical Methods of Classical Mechanics,
COURSE SPECIFIC INFORMATION
The course is focused
on the basic principles of classical mechanics and their
applications. It follows closely LL and is organized as
In addition, if time permits, the
course will provide a brief introduction to some of the following
topics: dynamical systems, ordinary differential equations and their
numerical solutions, perturbations of integrable models, chaos,
importance of the least action principle in quantum mechanics, and
constrained systems. Some of these more advanced topics are
discussed in SGR's textbook. Fell free to suggest other
- Principle of least action and Euler-Lagrange
- Symmetries of
the action and conserved quantities (Noether
groups, covariance and tensors.
systems (one dimensional potentials, Kepler problem,
free rigid body)
- Motion of a
and Canonical formalism
topics or ways to enhance class participation or student
A reading assignment and a problem set will be provided each week.
Student solutions of problem sets are due on Tuesdays.
No late work is accepted (after noon on Wednesday). The two lowest
homework grades are dropped from the homework average used in the
final grade. The students are expected to read some of the material
before class and to go through the solved problems in LL. The class
should take 9-12 hours/week of your time.
EXAMINATIONS AND FINAL GRADE
The final grade will be based on the homework (30
percent), two midterms (40 percent), and the final (30
CLAS recommendation for advanced courses is A:22%, B:
38%, C:36% but the small
size of the class allows a flexible use of the recommendation. It
also recommends that: "Few or no grades of A+ should ever be awarded
except for truly extraordinary work". Plus/minus grading will be
The dates for the final exam will be provided by the
registrar later in the semester
(see final exam schedule). Until this information is
available assume that you need to be present for the entire exam
The tentative dates for the midterms are October 7 and November 18.
Attendance at lectures is highly recommended but not required. It is
the student responsibility to
obtain material, assignments sheets, etc. provided during missed
You are strongly encouraged to ask questions during the
lectures. There are no ``stupid questions''.
DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY MAIN
- 203 Van Allen Hall
- Chair– Professor
Fred Skiff (email: email@example.com)
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Policies and Procedures
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the administrative
home of this course and governs matters such as the add/drop
deadlines, the second-grade-only option, and other related issues.
Different colleges may have different policies. Questions may be
addressed to 120 Schaeffer Hall or see the CLAS Academic
University policy specifies that students are responsible for all
official correspondences sent to their standard University of Iowa
e-mail address (@uiowa.edu). Students should check their account
frequently. (Operations Manual, III.II.15. 2.
Plagiarism and any other activities when students present
work that is not their own are academic fraud and are considered
by the College to be a very serious matter. Academic fraud is
reported by the instructor to the departmental DEO who enforces
the departmental consequences. The Associate Dean for
Undergraduate Programs and Curriculum is also informed. The
Associate Dean enforces collegiate consequences which may included
suspension or expulsion. See the CLAS
Making a Suggestion or a Complaint
Students with a suggestion or complaint should first
visit the instructor, then the course supervisor and the
departmental Associate chair. Paul Kleiber. Complaints must be
made within six months of the incident. See the CLAS
Accommodations for Disabilities
A student seeking academic accommodations should register with
Student Disability Services and meet privately with the course
instructor to make particular arrangements. For more information,
visit this site.
Understanding Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment subverts the mission of the University and
threatens the well-being of students, faculty, and staff. All members of the UI community
have a responsibility to uphold this mission and to contribute
to a safe environment that enhances learning. Incidents of
sexual harassment should be reported immediately. See the UI Comprehensive
on Sexual Harassment at www.uiowa.edu/~eod/policies/sexual-harassment-guide/index.html
for assistance, definitions, and the full University policy.
Reacting Safely to Severe Weather
In severe weather, the class members should seek shelter
in the innermost part of the building, if possible at the lowest
level, staying clear of windows and free-standing expanses. The
class will continue if possible when the event is over.
(Operations Manual, IV. 16.14.
Scroll down to sections e and i for severe weather information.)
*The CLAS policy statements have been
summarized from the web pages of the College of Liberal Arts and