PHYSICS 501     CLASSICAL MECHANICS

                                                        Fall 2017

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9:00 -- 9:53 AM, Room 104, Harriman Hall

Instructor: 
Dmitri Averin,   dmitri.averin@stonybrook.edu
office hour:  Monday, 1:00 PM-- 2:20 PM, B-140

Teaching assistant:  Xuanhua Wang,   xuanhua.wang@stonybrook.edu

office hour:   Tuesday, 1:00 -- 2:00 PM, B-130

Textbook:   L.D. Landau and E.M. Lifshitz, `` Mechanics''.

Supplementary reading:   

H. Goldstein, Ch. Poole, and J. Safko, ``Classical Mechanics''
J.V. Jose and E.J. Saletan, `` Classical Dynamics: a Contemporary Approach''


This is an introductory course in graduate classical mechanics. The course will cover the material discussed in the Landau/Lifshitz textbook and some selection of additional subjects. The list of topics includes


    Lagrangian formulation of mechanics, conservation laws;

    central force motion, classical scattering theory;

    linear and non-linear oscillations;

    dynamics of rigid bodies;

    Hamiltonian formulation of mechanics, canonical     transformations;

    Hamilton-Jacobi equations;

    non-holonomic constraints;

    chaotic motion;

    dynamics of continuous systems.


Grading        Homework    35%

                       Midterm        30% 

                       Final              35%

Exams

            Midterm:    Friday, October 20, the class time and room (9:00 am, Room 104)
Material covered: Chapters 1-4 of the textbook, with the emphasis on the topics
discussed in class and homework assignments.

Exam policy: NO printed or photocopied materials, but personal handwritten notes are allowed without limitations.

Homework assignments

    Assignment 1         Solution 1

    Assignment 2         Solution 2 

    Assignment 3         Solution 3

    Assignment 4         Solution 4

    Assignment 5         Solution 5

    Assignment 6         Solution 6

    Assignment 7         Due: Wednesday, October 18, in class