Physics 501 Fall 2012 (75682)

Final Exam: Monday December 17, 8:00-10:45am

Course Description

Physics 501 is a graduate-level course in classical mechanics. The course consists of three hours per week of lecture. The prerequisites are an undergraduate course in classical mechanics and a sufficient preparation in calculus and linear algebra.


Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10:00-10:53 room P128 Physics

Miscellaneous notes to clarify or supplement lectures


This topic is not in the assigned text (Landau and Lifshitz, Mechanics).  I will be using Landau and Lifshitz, Fluid Mechanics (Pergamon, 1959).  This text is not assigned, but is worth owning and reading.  A good set of lecture notes on the material to be covered in class is hydro-notes by Jonathan Braithwaite from Bonn.  A shorter set of notes was compiled by Ludwig Krinner.

Midterm exam with solutionsFinal exam with solutions

For more details

see the syllabus.


Prof.  Philip B. Allen
Room B-146 Physics
Department of Physics and Astronomy		Office: (631) 632-8179
Stony Brook University				FAX:	(632) 632-8774
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3800

Office Hours: Tuesday 10:00-11:00 and Wednesday 1:00-1:00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Grader and Teaching Assistant

Mr. Jian Liu
Room B-127 Physics
Office Hours: tba, or by appointment

Homework Assignments

(and solutions) can be accessed from the link just above.  Homeworks should be submitted, in class, on the due date, or put in Mr. Liu's mailbox, by noon, on the due date, to avoid a possible late penalty.  Homeworks handed in later than the next class will not be given credit, unless specifically cleared in advance with the professor.

Reserve Books

Some books have been put on reserve in the Math/Physics library.