Weekly problem sets will be assigned to elucidate the material covered in lectures and to teach you how to solve problems. The homework should be handed in to the P235W locker assigned to your workshop leader prior to the deadline. These boxes are at the bottom of the main staircase on the first floor of B&L. The homework assignments will be posted on the web P235 homework page 10 days prior to the deadline. The solutions will be posted on the homework solutions webpage 5 days after the deadline. It is crucial that you work through these problem sets or you will have serious problems with the examinations..
The weekly workshop modules are to be solved during the workshop sessions. However, it is useful to look over the questions before the workshop so that you are prepared to contribute to the group discussion. make sure that you are a contributing member not a passenger during the workshop sessions. Workshops should be a dialogue, not a monologue.
The class textbook includes more material, plus many worked examples, than can be covered during the available class time. Studying the P235 textbook plus the worked examples will greatly aid your comprehension of the material. Reading also should be used to review the chapters on the five topics that it is assumed that you studied in earlier courses. These topics will be covered as reading assignments since this material should be familiar to you and there is insufficient time to cover in detail this introductory material in class. These five topics are matrix algebra, the calculus of scalar and vector fields, gravitation, introductory oscillations, and introductory Special Relativity. These reading assignments will allow more time in class to be spent discussing interesting new topics.
One term paper will be assigned towards the end of term. The purpose of the Term Paper is to have you study one practical application of classical mechanics that was not discussed in the lectures. The term paper also forms the basis for satisfying one unit of upper-level writing credit. The term paper is due Wednesday 9 December 2015.
One 3 hour midterm examination will be given at 1930-2230 hours on Friday 23 October 2015. The final examination will be given Thursday 17 December 2015 at 1230 -1530 hours.