PHYS 107 -- Classical Mechanics and Waves

FALL 02 term

Class: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8:00-9:00, Hennings 201
Text: Physics by Resnick, Halliday and Krane, 5th Edition, extended (available in bookstore)

Professors: Erich Vogt Janis McKenna
Offices: TRIUMF Hennings 335
Phone: 222-1047, extension 6455 822-4337 (leave voicemail if she's not there)
Office Hours: before each of his lectures, Tuesdays 1pm-3pm, Thursdays 2:30pm-4pm
7am-8am in Henn 202 or by appointment, in Henn 335

Grading: 60% Final Exam
10% Assignments (we will use your best 8 of 12)
30% Midterm Exam - Monday October 21, in class

Assignments will be given each week and the Assignment mark will be based on the average of the best eight out of twelve assignments.

Please see our READING GUIDE to the text for help in using your textbook.


NOTE: all of the topics in this outline are likely to be covered in approximately the order shown below. However, the schedule may be changed a little and extra topics inserted.
1 Dimensional Analysis and Mathematical Tools (vectors and calculus) Chapters 1-5
2 Non-constant Forces, Numerical Solutions, Exponential Decay Chapter 5
3 Uniform Circular Motion, Gravity, Energy Chapters 4, 5, 7, 11, 14
4 Potential Energy, Conservation of Energy, Friction Chapters 11, 12, 13
5 Systems of Particles, Conservation of Linear Momentum, Collisions Chapters 6, 7
6 Rotational Dynamics Chapters 8, 9
7 Solid Body Motion, Angular momentum, Torque, Moments of Inertia, Rolling Motion Chapters 9, 10
8 Precession and Planetary Motion Chapters 10, 14
9 Coriolis Forces, Simple Harmonic Motion Chapters 5, 17
10 Damped and Forced Oscillations, Wave Motion Chapters 17, 18
11 Standing Waves, Harmonic Analysis, Sonds Waves, Beats, Doppler Effect, Music Chapters 18, 19
12 Probability and Kinetic Theory Handouts and Chapter 22
13 Probability, Review

Course Handouts



Chapter 50 of text, in volume 2 for material on Radioactive decays
Chapter 51 of text, in volume 2 for material on Energy from the Nucleus
Chapter 52 of text, in volume 2 for material on Particle Physics and Cosmology

Janis McKenna, UBC Department of Physics and Astronomy, August 2002.