PHYS 203 : Classical Mechanics
Prof. Michael Romalis romalis@princeton.edu, Office: Jadwin 230, Phone 8-5586
Lectures: Tuesday, Thursday, 11:00 12:20, Room: Jadwin A07
Homework Session (optional) : Monday, 7:30-9:30, Room: Jadwin 475
Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 1:00-2:30 PM, Jadwin 230
TA: Marcus Benna mbenna@Princeton.edu, Office: Jadwin 404
TA office hours: Thursday 3-5 PM, Jadwin 404

Review session: Monday, January 15th
                            11:00-12:30
                            Jadwin Hall A08
 

Final Exam :  Saturday, January 20, 2007
                       7:30-10:30 PM
                       Jadwin Hall  A08

Final exam solutions
Average = 66
Median = 66
Stan Dev = 14

Exams can be picked up in my office.

Final exam topics

Previous final exams :
Fall 2005
Fall 2004
Fall 2003
Fall 2003a

Midterm Exam Solutions
Average = 73
Median = 71
Stan. Dev. = 16

Previous midterm exams:
Fall 2005
Fall 2004
Fall 2003
 
 

           Homework

 
Reading assignment
Problems to hand in
Due Date
Solutions
1
Chapter 2, 3.1-3.8, Appendix C
Homework 1
September 27th
Solution 1
2
 Chapter 6
 Homework 2
October 4th
 Solution 2
3
Chapter 7:1-7:9 
 T&M 7.7, 7.9, 7.13, 7.20, 7.34
October 11th
 Solution 3
4
 Chapter 7:10,7:13
 Homework 4
October 18th
Solution 4
5
 Chapter 5,8
 Homework 5
October 25th
Solution 5
6
Chapter 9:9-9:10, Chapter 12:1-12:8 
 Homework 6
November 15th
 Solution 6
7
 Chapter 12:9, 13:1-13:4,13:6,13:7
Homework 7
November 27th
 Solution 7
8
 Chapter 3:5,3:6,3:8,3:9
 Homework 8
November 29th
Solution 8
9
 Chapter 10
 Homework 9
December 6th
 Solution 9
10
 Chapter 11
Homework 10
December 13th
 Solution 10

Class Description and Syllabus

PHYS 203 vs. PHYS 205
Both classes are appropriate for Physics majors and will cover essentially the same material. Compared with PHYS 205, I will go more slowly in the beginning, assume less mathematical preparation, and focus more on problem solving skills at the expense of more abstract theoretical treatment.
 
 

Java applets (external links)

Some will be relavant to the course material and others are just fun to play with

2-D projectile with air resistance
Particle World (lots of different simulations)
Pendulum with sliding support
Coupled Oscillators
Advanced Dry Friction
Non-linear Pendula