Reading assignments are sections from Kleppner and Kolenkow, *An
Introduction to Mechanics*.

In order to get the most out of the lectures, read the material before each lecture.

The first column has a link to the math enrichment notes for that week, and
under that, a link to a pertinent Mathematica notbook.

The second column has
a link to the course lecture notes.

The third column has a link to
thought-provoking questions for the week.

The next to last column has links
to the problems and solutions.

The last column has some links to interesting
web pages.

An excellent set of notebooks for learning Mathematica, developed by
Christopher Barker at San Joaquin Delta College,
is linked here.

Week |
#
| Date |
Pre-Lecture Reading |
Pages |
Partial Topics |
Problems |
Links/Comments | ||

1 | 1 | M | 1/3 | 1.1 thru 1.2 | 2-8 | Vectors | Due 1/10;Solutions | Vec. Add. Vec. Arith., Vec. Cross Prod., | |

Math Notes | 2 | W | 1/5 | 1.2 thru Ex. 1.7 | 8-17 | r,v,a |
x,v,t | ||

.nb | 3 | F | 1/7 | 2.1 thru Ex. 2.1 | 52-60 | Newton's Laws | |||

2 | 4 | M | 1/10 | Ex. 2.1 thru 2.3 | 60-68 | Units, N.L. Application | Due 1/19;Solutions | NIST Units Page, BIPM Mass Page, Paper on the Mass Standard | |

Vectors, Math Notes | 5 | W | 1/12 | 2.4 thru ex. 2.4 | 68-75 | Applications | In class, I flubbed the signs of a_1 and a_2 for the elevator problem... the best rule is to initially think of both of these as positive numbers, and then assign a sign by hand when setting up the component equations from Newton's Second Law. Then sometimes, at the time of final solution/evaluation, one finds that one or both of them is actually negative, indicating a reversal from the assumed direction. This is easy to get confused about (I proved it in class today). So the writeup here in the notes is correct. Make sure you look at it when working the similar problem on the homework. Apologies! | ||

.nb | 6 | F | 1/14 | 1.9 thru Ex. 1.13 | 27-34 | Polar Coordinates | |||

3 | - | M | 1/17 | MLK Holiday | |||||

Math Notes | 7 | W | 1/19 | Ex. 1.14-Ex 1.17, Ex. 2.5-2.8 | 35-38, 75-78 | Polar Coordinates | Due 1/24;Solutions | ||

.nb | 8 | F | 1/21 | 2.5 to Ex. 2-10 | 79-87 | Gravity | |||

4 | 9 | M | 1/24 | 1.8, Ex. 2.10 thru Ex. 2.12 | 19-23, 87-90 | Trajectories | Due 1/31 ; Solutions | ||

10 | W | 1/26 | Ex. 2.13 thru Ex. 2.16 | 90-98 | Applications | ||||

- | F | 1/28 |
Midterm I (thru Lec. 8) ,
Solutions | ||||||

5 | 11 | M | 1/31 | Ex. 2.17,2.18; 3.1 to ex. 3.1 | 98-101, 112-115 | Momentum | Due 2/7 ; Solutions | ||

12 | W | 2/2 | Ex. 3.1 to 3.3 | 115-122 | Center of Mass | ||||

13 | F | 2/4 | 3.3 | 122-130 | Momentum Conservation | ||||

6 | 14 | M | 2/7 | 3.4 thru Ex. 3.12 | 130-135 | Mass Flow | Due 2/14(Notes) ; Solutions | ||

.nb | 15 | W | 2/9 | Ex. 3.13 thru Ex. 3.16 | 136-143 | Momentum Transport | |||

16 | F | 2/11 | Ex. 3.17 thru Ex. 3.18 | 143-145 | Applications | ||||

7 | 17 | M | 2/14 | 4.0 thru 4.4 | 152-160 | 1-d Work Energy | Due 2/21 ; Solutions | ||

.nb | 18 | W | 2/16 | 4.5 thru Ex. 4.11 | 160-170 | Potential Energy | |||

- | F | 2/18 | Midterm II (thru Lec. 16) | ||||||

8 | - | M | 2/21 | Presidents' Day | |||||

19 | W | 2/23 | Ex. 4.12 thru Ex. 4.16 | 171-182 | Small Oscillations | Due 2/28 ; Solutions | |||

20 | F | 2/25 | 4.11 thru 4.14 | 182-194 | Conservation Laws | ||||

9 | 21 | M | 2/28 | 6.1 thru Ex. 6.2 | 232-240 | Angular Momentum | Due 3/7 ; Solutions | ||

22 | W | 3/2 | Ex. 6.3 to Ex. 6.8 | 240-250 | Torque | ||||

23 | F | 3/4 | Ex. 6.8 to Ex. 6.13 | 250-260 | Physics Pendulum | ||||

10 | 24 | M | 3/7 | 6.7 thru Ex. 6.16 | 260-268 | Translation and Rotation | Due 3/11 ; Solutions | ||

Math Notes | 25 | W | 3/9 | Ex. 6.17 thru note 6.2 | 268-278 | Chasles' Theorem | |||

.nb | - | F | 3/11 | Torque Demos/Evaluations |

FINAL EXAM: Friday, March 18, 8-11 AM in 1640 Broida