Rutgers Physics 382 (Classical Mechanics I ) Spring 2015

Instructor: Sunil Somalwar

For exams, you are allowed ONE ONE-SIDED sheet with ONLY formulae.
Submit the sheet with the exam.
The class exam (midterm) will be on Wed Mar 11, 2015.  Students
with last names from A to G should go to SEC 212 at noon.
Students with last names H-Z should go the regular classroom (ARC 105)

  • An interesting video:
    Conservation Laws in zero gravity (Skylab). Around 10min, there is a demo of a rotating bottle switching rotation axis to the one with larger moment of inertia. Explanation follows, but stated simply: KE = L^2/2I. The KE decreases due to some friction but there is no torque, so L is constant and I has to increase. So the rotation axis changes to increase I.

  • More videos of demos in space: Don Pettit's experiments in space Search for Don Pettit on You Tube for more.

  • A useful diagram for understanding the Precession of the Equinoxes

    This page is maintained by Sunil Somalwar.