**Description**

**T**his second semester of 2002-2003 I (finally!)
got my chance to lecture Classical Mechanics for the 1st time,
having to wait patiently for my opportunity. I may not have
the chance again and so I will give my best for it, hoping
any future students of the course will use regularly (and enjoy!) this
site for many years to come.

The course is aimed to those in their 2nd year
studying studying for
a degree in *Teaching of Physics-Chemistry* (eventually
becoming High or Secondary School teachers). Students of
*Applied Physics -
Optometry*
(usually finding a job as assistant opticians) may also
bebefit from this course, so I sincerely hope.
The course will focus on Lagrangian and Hamiltonian
Dynamics (explaining first **why** should
we consider to employ it - aren't vectors and
*F=ma* enough already?), followed with
several applications like the harmonic oscillator and the
(ever so daunting) rigid body. A bit of Special Relativity
follows if time allows. Furthermore, and only if the
opportunity arises and students are still breathing
(close to) normal, I will gradually introduce them
(without suspecting)
in a painless and sharp cutting (edge!) manner to
some of the deep and seldomly shared features of
General Relativity. And
perhaps, if you all behave, if you are wise enough,
some faint glimpses of superstring theory will be
briefly shown before your (yet) unaware inocent eyes!

(If you got curious have a look at my research career and research projects list - for different ranges of students/collaborators).

**Program, Evaluation Methods and Bibliography**

In the following links you may find

- a detailed description of the Programme and outline of the course in Classical Mechanics,
- together with an explanation of how students will be assessed/evaluated and their end of semester marks established.
- The Bibliography will provide you with a thorough list of books to consult, with emphasis on those existent at UBI library

**Lecture Notes**

Here lecture notes are (hopefuly and very soon) made available. A somewhat idiosynchratic monograph is currently being prepared for your benefit. It will basically constitute an (oversimplified) ensemble of the notes presented in the classes.

**Tutorials Schedulle**

**Exams, Tests,Problem Sets and Marks (classifications)**

Students may peruse previous example/exercice sheets and tests/exams (some may be missing - I will try to update this section):

- Major Test 1/2003 Classical Mechanics & Major Test 2/2003 Classical Mechanics
- Exam 1/2003 Classical Mechanics & Exam 2/2003 Classical Mechanics

Students may also find the several problem sets and projects assignments posted here.

This is the current academic year (2002/2003)
Marks/Classifications

**Other Resources Available**

The following links may provide additional material and resources elsewhere that you may find useful for your study:

- Explore Science
- The Virtual Laboratory
- Classical and Quantum Description of a Particle
- Physics Links
- NOVA Online Teatchers
- Divulgacao de Ciencia
- Online Physics Tutorial 1
- Online Physics Tutorial 2
- The Light Cone
- The Net Advance of Physics
- Educative 1
- Educative 2
- Educative 3
- Educative 4
- Educative 5
- Educative 6
- Educative 7
- Educative 8
- Educative 9
- Educative 10
- Quantum Mechanics
- Astrophysics
- Java 1
- If you come across any other interesting site
*do*inform me. Many thanks in advance.

**Students Feedback on the Course**

Finally, I ask the students to fill in THIS questionaire
(Inquerito1) Query1
at the start of the
semester and THIS questionaire
(Inquerito2) Query2 at the end.
I stress that these are THE questionaires that interest me the most.
I am further grateful *in advance* for any
**constructive** criticism that may assist me and the
teaching of Classical Mechanics to be both more effective in the
(very!) near future.

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