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Physics 261 -- Autumn 2011

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*General Information about Physics 261

Course title:
Introductory Physics 261: Dynamics of Particles and Waves
Texts:
Introduction to Classical Mechanics by D. Morin (available as an ebook)
Basic Training in Mathematics by Shankar (first few chapters available as Google preview)
Topics to be covered:

  • Vectors and Kinematics
  • Foundations of Newtonian Mechanics
  • Momentum, Work, and Energy
  • Conservative and Nonconservative Forces
  • Potentials
  • Angular Momentum
  • Also ... introduction to Mathematica
    
    
     
    Meeting Schedule:
    Lecture:MWF in room 1005 @11.30
    Small groups: Thursday 1094 @ one of 10.30/11.30/12.30/1.30
    Exceptions: no class on Veteran's Day (F 11 Nov)
    Grade Weighting:
    Assigned problems [30%]
    Midterm #1 [10%]: Thursday evening (7pm-9pm) 20 Oct in SM1009 (NOT the regular room!)
    Midterm #2 [20%]: Thursday evening (7pm-9pm) 17 Nov again in SM1009
    Final [40%] Thursday Dec 8 11.30 (will also be offered on Monday Dec 5)
    Instructor:
    Prof. Gregory Kilcup
    office: M2030 Physics Research Building
    email: kilcup@physics.ohio-state.edu
    phone: 946-0276
    Office Hours: most afternoons in Smith 1011
    Tutor:
    Andrew Dougherty (dougherty.63@osu.edu)
    Homework Graders:
    Chi Zhang (zhang.1390@osu.edu)
    Marco Lai (lai.244@osu.edu)
    Zhou Wang (wang.2981@osu.edu)
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    *Problem Sets

    Homework is due by 5pm Friday in the box on top of the mailboxes in SM 1011. Late homework policy: hand it in (in the box) on Monday morning for 90% credit, or up to one week late for 80% credit. And we will drop your lowest homework score, so you can afford to miss one assignment w/o penalty.

    *Handouts and Software


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