### Course info: Phy 262

**Time and Place** MW 1-1:50pm Olin 107, F 1-1:50pm Olin 105.**Course Instructor **Professor Salsbury **Contact Info **salsbufr@wfu.edu, Olin 301A

**Office Hours** MWF 2-2:50pm Olin 301A

**Textbooks/Course Materials**** **

- Classical Mechanics with Matlab Applications by Hasbun.
- The Mathematics Companion by Fischer-Cripps.

### Course Overview

This course is an upper-level course in non-relativistic classical mechanics. This course is the first mathematically-intense course in the physics curriculum and relies heavily on calculus and differential equations. A mastery of the material taught in MTH 205 is assumed. The course focuses on a few topics: Newton's equations of motion, harmonic oscillators, central forces, rotating frames and collisions. If time permits, we will also cover rigid body rotation and/or nonlinearity and chaos. Phy 262 also serves as an introduction to numeric methods in physics with weekly matlab "labs" and problems.

### Course Format

This classic a traditional lecture class on Mondays and Wednesdays, with some class participation. Fridays, however, the class converts to a lab-type format with numeric problems. Homework problems will be due Wednesdays by 4:00pm, usually, in the grader's mailbox.

**Outside of class you will be responsible for the following: **

- Reading/viewing the relevant assignment
**before**class; whichever one(s) listed on the course announcements.- It will be difficult to follow without reading beforehand.

- Completing your homework by 4pm most Wednesdays.
**Getting behind on homework is the easiest way to do poorly in physics.**

**Inside of class you will be responsible for the following: **

- Interacting with your classmates and Dr. Salsbury, as appropriate.
- Paying attention, and
- Asking questions!

### Textbook

The main textbook for the course, Classical Mechanics with Matlab Applications by Hasbun, will be followed fairly closely. The Mathematics Companion has review material, as well as material more advanced for this course. Physics majors will find The Mathematics Companion useful in future physics courses.

### EXAMS

- There will be one midterm on March 2 2018 at 1pm in Olin 107.
- The comprehensive final exam will be May 4 2018 at 2pm in Olin 107.
- They are intended to be challenging but doable.

### Homework

- Working problems is the only way to really learn physics.
**The homework is the most important component of the course.**- Usually Wednesdays by 4pm.

### GRADING Percentages

- Homework: 50%
- Midterm: 10%
- Final: 40%

### TYPICAL GRADES/SCORES

- This median grade for this course is usually an A- with a median score of ~80%