Course Outline
What is this course all about?
What Brock calendar entry says:
Mechanics of particles and systems of particles by the Newtonian method; conservation of linear momentum, angular momentum and energy; elementary dynamics of rigid bodies; oscillators;
motion under central forces; selected applications.
What do I need to bring into the course?
This course is a core course of the Physics program, and requires Y1 Physics and Math courses as prerequisites.
Textbook
 Analytical Mechanics, by G.R.Fowles and G.L.Cassiday, Thomson Brooks/Cole, 7^{th} edition
Course Goals
 to develop an understanding of Newton's laws of motion and their application to physical systems
 to discover the underlying conservation laws governing the evolution of physical systems
 to gain experience in the use of advanced mathematical tools (e.g. advanced algebra and trigonometry, analytic geometry, differential and integral calculus, differential equations)
 to understand more comprehensively physical phenomena and the manner in which physical systems evolve with time.
Course components
Component 
% of the final mark 
Notes 
Assignments 
20% 
Weekly problem sets. Solutions should be submitted to the instructor during the lecture period on the due date. Late solutions will not be accepted 
Midterm test 
15% 
Mar 2 (Thu), in class; allowed: calculator and one selfprepared formula sheet (letter size, twosided) 
Final exam 
40% 
minimum passing grade 50%, marks given for correct answers
allowed: calculator and one selfprepared formula sheet (letter size, twosided) 
Labs^{*} 
25% 
begin the week of Jan 1620 
^{*}Frank Benko (B210A, fabenko@brocku.ca) is the senior lab demonstrator, and should be contacted
for all details concerning the labs.
Computerbased data acquisition
... is an integral part of the labs. For some experiments, the webbased interface familiar to you from Y1 labs will be used. You may want to consult
http://www.physics.brocku.ca/physica/ in advance: under the "Get data" menu selection, select "demo" and click "go";
the demo mode allows you to try the tools without being in the lab.
Other experiments will require more involved and creative data analysis, using the same software. You will be given an opportunity to work through an online
physica tutorial during one of your labs; you may want to try it out on your own using the "expert mode" of the above webbased version.
Office hours
Topics to be covered
 Fundamental concepts: vectors (FC Secs. 1.11.7, 1.91.12)
 Newtonian mechanics: rectilinear motion of a particle (FC Secs. 2.12.4)
 Oscillations (FC Secs. 3.13.4, 3.6)
 General motion of a particle in three dimensions (FC Secs. 4.14.5)
 Gravitation and central forces (FC Secs. 6.16.4, 6.86.9, 6.11)
 Dynamics of systems of particles (FC Secs. 7.17.3, 7.57.7)
 Mechanics of rigid bodies: planar motion (FC Sec. 8.18.7)
Summary handout
