MECHANICS

SPRING 2011

Advanced course covering rigid body dynamics damped and undamped oscillatory motion, with an
introduction of LaGrange's equations and variational principles.

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INSTRUCTOR: J. J. Leventhal

Dept of Physics and Astronomy

University of Missouri-St. Louis

St.Louis,
MO 63121,USA

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Text: Classical Dynamics of Particles and Systems by Jerry B. Marion & Stephen T. Thornton (Thomson - Brooks/Cole, 2004, 5th edition).

Lecture time & place: MW 8AM-9:15AM, Room B445, Benton Hall

Exams: Two classroom exams on dates specified.

*******Final exam: Monday, May 9 07:45 – 09:45 AM in B445 Benton Hall.*******

Office address: B508 Benton Hall

Office hours: MW 9:15AM-10:00AM, Room B508, Benton Hall and by appointment

e-mail: jake@umsl.edu

Office phone: 314-516-5934

Fax: 314-516-6152 JJL curriculum vita.

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EXAMS & GRADING

There will be two classroom exams and a final exam worth 25%, 25% and 50% respectively. All exams will be closed book - no calculators. You will be permitted to bring one 3"X5" index card to each of the classroom exams and one 4"X6" index card to the final exam with anything written on them, both sides. Grades in excess of 90% on

Homework problems will not be counted toward your grade in the course. It is, however, strongly recommended that you work all assigned problems since the exams will be based on the homework assigned. (Otherwise, why assign homework?)

The tentative grading scale is as follows: A: 100 - 90; B: 89 - 80; C: 79 - 70; D: 69 - 60; F: 59 and lower. It is conceiveable that this scale could be modified at the end of the semester, but only to favor the student.

The tentative grading scale is as follows: A: 100 - 90; B: 89 - 80; C: 79 - 70; D: 69 - 60; F: 59 and lower. It is conceiveable that this scale could be modified at the end of the semester, but only to favor the student.

*******DROPPING THE COURSE*******

The University policy with respect to dropping the course will be followed.

That is, after the drop date, before which a student can drop without predjudice,

a student may drop the course with a grade of "excused" only if the student is passing.

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