Physics 310 - Intermediate Mechanics

Refer to the 2004-05 academic calendar for important dates, including deadlines for adding and dropping courses.

The intent is to follow the text fairly closely. The details of this schedule are likely to change somewhat but the material should still be covered adequately.


Aug 23 Chapter 1 - Introduction, units, vectors, coordinate systems,
derivatives of vectors, rectlinear, polar and cylindrical coordinate systems.
Aug 30 Chapter 2 - Motion in one dimension, uniform acceleration,
potential and kinetic energy, velocity dependent forces.
Sep 6 Chapter 3 - Oscillations, linear restoring force,
equations of motion, simple pendulum, energy conservation.
Sep 13 Chapter 3 (cont.) - damped harmonic motion, forced harmonic
motion, Fourier analysis, examples.
Sep 20 Chapter 4 - Motion in 3 dimensions, potential energy,
projectile motion, harmonic oscillator in 3 dimensions,
motion in electric and magnetic fields.
Sep 27 Chapter 5 - Non-inertial reference frames, rotation
coordinate systems, angular velocity.
Oct 4 Chapter 6 - Central forces and gravitation, examples. First mid-term this week.
Oct 11 Chapter 7 - Systems of particles, angular momentum,
center of mass, reduced mass, examples.
No class Oct 12 (October break)
Oct 18 Chapter 8 - Rigid bodies, moments of inertia, angular momentum.
Oct 25
Nov 1 Chapter 9 - Motion of rigid bodies, principal axes,
Euler's equations of motion.
Nov 8 continued... Second mid-term this week.
Nov 15 Chapter 10 - Lagrangian mechanics.
Nov 22 continued... No class Nov 25 (Thanksgiving)
Nov 29 Chapter 11 - Oscillating systems.
Dec 6 Review
Dec 13 Final exam week