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Lecture notes for 2000

A small number of handouts are distributed in lectures. Those, and my scanned lecture notes, are below.
lecture notes handouts and other useful stuff
Lecture 1: The Energy Method.
Lecture 2: Dimensional Analysis Further reading about dimensional analysis (html) / (postscript) |
Lecture 3-4: Extensions of the energy method Planetary dynamics observations
Lecture 4: Perturbation Expansions .
Lecture 5: State space diagrams, Lagrangian Dynamics. State space diagram of pendulum
Handout 2: Almost Inverse-square force-law orbits (postscript) | pdf | old Handwritten version |
Handout 3: Wonky pendulum solution (postscript) | pdf |
Lecture 6: Lagrangian Dynamics, continued; the Hamiltonian. Kater's pendulum
Lecture 7: Hamiltonian Dynamics. Bead dynamics from the Hamiltonian
Handout 4: Drag force by dimensional analysis (postscript) | pdf |
Handout 5: Hamiltonian dynamics summary and example (postscript) | pdf |
Lecture 8: Normal Modes I . Molecule modes: Quicktime Movie by Luca Turin (more info)
Lecture 9: Normal Modes II . Liouville's theorem for vertically bouncing balls Kater's pendulum, further information
Lecture 10: Normal Modes III . Handout 6: Normal modes (postscript, 8 pages) | pdf |
Lecture 11: Normal Modes IV . Beats
Lecture 12: Normal Modes V . Marimba
Lecture 13: Elasticity . | H7: Strain and stress - postscript | | pdf |
Lecture 14: Kepler and orbits . History of planetary observations | Orbits in inverse-square potential | H8: Kepler's Ellipses, and gravitational slingshots (postscript) | pdf |
Lecture 15: Fictitious forces in rotating frames . H9: Rotating frames (postscript) | pdf |
Lecture 16: Rigid bodies . Optional reading - Inverted pendulum |

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