Classical Mechanics


This 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

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

  • Here is the Tutorials (Atendimento) schedulle

  • This is the monthly-weekly-daily schedulle (tentative!) with indication of overheads-slides for the 2nd semester: March & April & May & June It is also aimed at assisting you in improving your class atendance, work and study.

    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):

    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:

    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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