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Topic 1:
Newton's Laws 
Topic 
Text sections 
Important
dates 
1 M 1/7 
Newton’s Laws; Conservation Laws 
1.11.6 
First week of class 
2 W 1/9 
Using Newton’s 2nd Law with
Polar Coordinates 
1.7 

3 R 1/10 
Projectile Motion with Air
Resistance 
2.12.4 

4 M 1/14 
Systems of Particles: Center of
Mass and Angular Momentum 
3.13.5 

5 W 1/16 
Potential Energy Surfaces:
Forces, Motion, and Stability 
4.14.8 

6 R 1/17 
Simple Harmonic Oscillators 
5.15.3 

M
1/21 
MLK
 No class 
No
class 

7 W 1/23 
Damped and Driven Oscillators;
Resonance 
5.45.6 

8 R 1/24 
Fourier Series 
5.5.8 

Topic
2: Lagrange equations 

9 M 1/28 
Calculus of Variations 
6.16.2 

10 W 1/30 
Euler –Lagrange Equation 
6.3 

11 R 1/31 
Problems with More than 2
Variables 
6.4 

12 M 2/4 
Unconstrained Motion and
Hamilton’s Principle 
7.1 

13 W 2/6 
Constrained Motion and
Generalized Coordinates 
7.27.4 

14 R 2/7 
Examples Using Lagrange Equations 
7.5 

M
2/11 
Midterm
#1 covering lectures 18 (Chapters 15) 

15 W 2/13 
More Examples Using Lagrange
Equations 
7.5 

16 R 2/14 
Generalized Momenta and
Conservation Laws 

M
2/18 
Presidents'
Day  No class 
No
class 

18 W 2/20 
Lagrange Multipliers 
7.10 

Topic 3: Central Force Motion  
19 R 2/21 
Equations of Motion: Center of
Mass and Relative Coordinates 
8.18.2 

20 M 2/25 
Energy and Angular Momentum 
8.38.4 

21 W 2/27 
Kepler’s Laws and Kepler Orbits 
8.58.7 

22 R 2/28 
Kepler’s Laws and Kepler Orbits 
8.58.7 

3/23/8 
Springbreak 
No
class 

Topic 4: Rotating Reference Frames and Rotational Motion  
23 M 3/11 
Tides 
9.19.2 

24 W 3/13 
Newton’s 2nd Law in a Rotating
Reference Frame 
9.39.6 

25 R 3/14 
Centrifugal and Coriolis Forces 
9.79.8 

M 3/18  Midterm
#2 covering lectures 922 (Chapters 68) 

26 W 3/20  Matrix and Linear Algebra Review 

27 R 3/21  Rigid Body Motion 
10.110.2 

28 M 3/25  The Inertia Tensor 
10.3 

29 W 3/27  Principal Axes 
10.410.5 

30 R 3/28  Euler’s Equations 
10.610.7 

31 M 4/1  Spinning Tops: Precession and
Nutation 
10.810.10 
Last day to drop 
Topic
5: Coupled Oscillators and Normal Modes 

32 W 4/3  Multiple Masses and Springs 
11.111.2 

33 R 4/4  Weak Coupling 
11.3 

34 M 4/8  Lagrangian Approach 
11.4 

35 W 4/10  The General Case 
11.511.7 

Topic 6:
Collisions 

36 R 4/11  Definitions: Scattering Angle,
Impact Parameter, Cross Section 
14.114.2 

M
4/15 
Patriot's
Day 
No
class 

37 W 4/17 
Differential Cross Sections  14.314.4  Last day of class 
38 
Examples 
14.514.6 

Topic
7: Hamiltonian Mechanics 

39 Optional topic 
Hamilton Equations 
13.113.2 

TBA
(Finals Week : 4/22426) 
FINAL
EXAM 