Lecture Topics

Lecture Video: Coupled Oscillators, Normal Modes
Prof. Lee analyzes a highly symmetric system which contains multiple objects. By physics intuition, one could identify a special kind of motion – the normal modes. He shows that there is a general strategy for solving the normal modes.
Lecture Notes
Typed Notes for Lecture 4 (PDF)
Handwritten Notes for Lecture 4 (PDF  2.7MB)
Textbook Reading
Chapter 3: Normal Modes (PDF  1.4MB)
Inclass Demonstrations
SEE IT IN THE LECTURE 

Double Pendulum 
Weighted Hacksaw Blade 
Two Rigid Pendulums Coupled with a Spring 
Two Pendulums Coupled with a Rod 
Wilberforce Pendulum and Wilberforce Pendulum 
Related Resources
Video: Normal Modes from PhET Interactive Simulations project at the University of Colorado Boulder