Instructor: Uwe Thumm
Office: Cardwell Hall, Rm 212
Office hours: by appointment
Home page: http://www.phys.ksu.edu/~thumm
Text book (required): Goldstein, 'Classical Mechanics', 3rd edition, Addison-Wesley 2002
Supplementary books (not required):
Arya, ’Introduction to Classical Mechanics’, Prentice Hall 1990.
Landau, Lifshitz, ‘Mechanics’, 3rd edition, Pergamon 1989.
Gutzwiller, ‘Chaos in Classical and Quantum Mechanics’, Springer 1990.
Bergé, Pomeau, Vidal, ‘Order within Chaos’, Herman 1984.
Schuster, ‘Deterministic Chaos’, 2nd edition, VCH 1988.
Cvitanović, ‘Universality in Chaos’, 2nd edition, IOP Publishing Ltd. 1989.
Topics: Basic Principles of Newtonian Mechanics
Central Force Problems, Scattering
Hamilton’s Equations of Motion
Dynamical Systems and Chaos
Credit : Exam 1 200 points
Exam 2 200 points
Final Exam 300 points
Homework/Project 300 points
Grades: A > 849 points
B 700-849 points
C 550 - 699 points
D 450 - 549 points
F < 450 points
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1. Academic Honesty
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