Physics 5210 Home Page
Class schedule, click on the lecture number to see the notes for that lecture or the homework number to see that assignment.
Notes are posted only after they're prepared, usually shortly before the lecture.
Here are some problem
solving guidelines that you may find useful.
Web Based Aids
Here I have assembled a collection of links to web sites with
useful information or demonstrations. Most of these are java
applets that require a java enabled browser. If you have trouble
running or accessing any of these sites, please let me know.
- Have trouble visualizing the vector cross product? Try
applet from Syracuse University.
- This gravity
simulation applet is fun to play with. A many body
problem is simulated, and you can see how test particles
react to the gravitational fields produced by the massive
bodies. This is not directly applicable to the topics we
- This simulation
of central force motions is a bit more advanced, but
includes a discussion of orbits around a black hole. Be
sure to check out the "orbit applet" by
clicking the link near the bottom of the page.
- The impact
simulator applet is full of things (friction,
viscosity, gravity, and bouncing balls), and I haven't
had time to try it out! If you do, let me know what you
page does some calculations for Helium atoms at low
temperatures, approximating the binding with the
Lennard-Jones potential. This is the function that
appeared on the first midterm exam.
For further reading, I provide a
bibliography of mechanics and related texts.