PHYS 410: Classical Mechanics

Self-paced Online

PHYS 410 covers topics in analytical mechanics using vector operators and differential equations.

Required Texts/Materials

  • Fowles and Cassiday, Analytical Mechanics, 7th edition (2005), ISBN 978-0534494926

You can find information on how to purchase textbooks and required materials on the Textbooks page of the Friday Center website.

Required Software

  • Browser: Students must use Firefox, or Internet Explorer 7 or 8 and the free software MathPlayer in order to view mathematical notation on the web.
  • Equation Editor: The instructor prefers that students use an equation editor to create and insert equations into their work. Options include using the equation editor that comes with Microsoft Word or purchasing a more powerful tool called MathType by Design Science. Students who are unable to access an equation editor must have very good handwriting and be able to scan their legible handwritten work into a PDF file.

Course Details

  • Instructor: Paul Heckert, PhD
  • Credit-granting Institution: Western Carolina University
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Number of Assignments: 7
  • Prerequisite(s): For Western Carolina University students, the prerequisite for this course is PHYS 320 (Mathematical Methods of Physics) or MATH 256 (Calculus III). Other students should proficient in mathematics through calculus and have taken a good, year-long general physics course. Some knowledge of differential equations is also useful; students who have not taken a course in differential equations will need to work harder to do well in this course.
  • View a sample course syllabus for the online course.

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