Syllabus

Course Meeting Times

Lectures: 2 sessions / week, 1.5 hours / session

Prerequisites

Physics I: Classical Mechanics (8.01)

Textbooks

Required

Goldstein, Herbert. Classical Mechanics. 3rd ed. San Francisco, CA: Addison-Wesley, 2002. ISBN: 0201316110.

Recommended

Amazon logo Marion, Jerry B., and Stephen T. Thornton. Classical Dynamics. 4th ed. Fort Worth, TX: Saunders College Pub., 1995. ISBN: 9780030973024.

Amazon logo Landau, L. D., and E. M. Lifshitz. Mechanics. 3rd ed. Translated by J. B. Sykes and J. S. Bell. Oxford, UK: Butterworth-Heinemann, 1982. ISBN: 9780750628969.

Amazon logo Scheck, Florian. Mechanics. 3rd ed. New York, NY: Springer-Verlag, 1999. ISBN: 9783540655589.

Homework

Homework constitutes a very important part of 8.09. The classical mechanics concepts can be quite difficult and it is only by going through the details of calculations for specific systems that you can achieve mastery. The homeworks will count as 35% of the overall grade.

Exams

There will be two lecture-hour exams and the Final Exam. The exams will be based on the material covered by the homeworks.

Grading

ACTIVITIES PERCENTAGES
Problem Sets 35%
Two 1.5 Hour Quizzes (15% Each) 30%
Final Exam 35%