Physics 507: Classical Mechanics, Fall 2020

Instructor: Prof. Emil Yuzbashyan    E-mail: eyuzbash at    Office hour: by appointment via Zoom

Final: December 17 at 11:59pm. The final exam is take home, to be completed in 48 hrs. You will receive the exam via email. Send it back to me as a single pdf file by 11:59pm on December 19. Problems will be based on the material covered in lectures this semester. If you have any questions while working on the final, email me. If the question is not resolved by email, we will discuss by Zoom.

Review Lecture: Wednesday, December 9 (last class)

Class Survey: I strongly encourage you to complete a Student Instructional Rating Survey for our class at

Lectures: Mondays and Wednesdays 1:40 - 3 pm via Zoom. Meeting ID: 861 4095 2212. There are two ways to join the lecture: simply click on the link you received in my initial email or use this meeting ID together with the passcode from the same email. Last lecture  is on Wednesday, December 9.

To benefit most from the lectures, it's best to read the text ahead of lecture. Then, you can ask questions that wouldn't otherwise come up. Don't hesitate to ask questions during and after lectures. Outside of lectures you can always reach me by e-mail.

Syllabus: My current plan is to cover Goldstein, Chapters 1-6, 8, 9, 10 and parts of Chapter 11. If there is a strong interest on your part (let me know), we can cover Chapter 7 (Special Relativity) and/or Chapter 11 (Classical Field Theory). But then we'll have to skip Chapters 4 & 5 (Rigid Body Mechanics).

Below are the videos of Zoom lectures (zip files) and the slides (what I was writing on my iPad during the lecture).
You can use these for review or in case you were not able to attend the lecture. Note: I created links to videos and slides for the entire semester, but only dates in the past can possibly work. This follows from causality. If you notice any incorrect or broken links or missing files for any past lecture, please let me know at the email below.

  There is no lecture on 11/25/2020, see Rutgers Academic Calendar
  1.  Zoom lecture 09/02/2020: Slides
  2. Zoom lecture 09/08/2020: Video, Slides
  3. Zoom lecture 09/09/2020: Video, Slides
  4. Zoom lecture 09/14/2020: Video, Slides
  5. Zoom lecture 09/16/2020: Video, Slides
  6. Zoom lecture 09/21/2020: Video, Slides
  7. Zoom lecture 09/23/2020: Video, Slides
  8. Zoom lecture 09/28/2020: Video, Slides
  9. Zoom lecture 09/30/2020: Video, Slides
  10. Zoom lecture 10/05/2020: Video, Slides
  11. Zoom lecture 10/07/2020: Video, Slides
  12. Zoom lecture 10/12/2020: Video, Slides
  13. Zoom lecture 10/14/2020: Video, Slides
  14.  Zoom lecture 10/19/2020: Video, Slides
  15. Zoom lecture 10/21/2020: Video, Slides
  16. Zoom lecture 10/26/2020: Video, Slides
  17. Zoom lecture 10/28/2020: Video, Slides
  18. Zoom lecture 11/02/2020: Video, Slides
  19. Zoom lecture 11/04/2020: Video, Slides
  20. Zoom lecture 11/09/2020: Video, Slides
  21. Zoom lecture 11/11/2020: Video, Slides
  22. Zoom lecture 11/16/2020: Video, Slides
  23. Zoom lecture 11/18/2020: Video, Slides
  24. Zoom lecture 11/23/2020: Video, Slides
  25. 11/25/2020 - no class, Friday schedule
  26. Zoom lecture 11/30/2020: Video, Slides
  27. Zoom lecture 12/02/2020: Video, Slides
  28. Zoom lecture 12/07/2020: Video, Slides
  29. Zoom lecture 12/09/2020: Video, Slides

Main (required) text: Goldstein, Safko & Poole: Classical Mechanics, Pearson, 3rd edition (2001);
ISBN-10: 9780201657029
On occasion you might also find this list of errata, corrections, and comments on the 3rd edition of Goldstein useful.

Other recommended texts:
Landau & Lifshitz, Mechanics, Butterworth-Heinemann, 3rd edition (1976); ISBN-10 : 0750628960. This book is good for a concise and elegant treatment of various topics  in Classical Mechanics. Read after Goldstein, it can provide deeper insight and a new perspective. 

Exams & Grades: We'll have homework & final. Both contribute equally (50%) to the grade. You can see your grades in Online Gradebook

Homework:  e-mail you homework as a single pdf file by 11:59pm (New Jersey time)  of the due day to Dr. Grace Montalvo at grace at physics dot rutgers dot edu

Homework 1:  Goldstein, Chapter 1, problems 12, 14, 21, and 23; Due Monday, September 21, solutions
Homework 2:  Goldstein, Chapter 2, problems 12, 18, 19, and 23; Due Monday, October 5, solutions
Homework 3:  Goldstein, Chapter 3, problems 13, 19, 21, and 22; Due Monday, October 12, solutions
Homework 4:  Goldstein, Chapter 3, problems 18, 29, 31, and 35; Due Monday, October 19, solutions
Homework 5:  Goldstein, Chapter 4, problems 6, 7, 9, 10, 14; Due Wednesday, October 28, solutions
Homework 6:
Goldstein, Chapter 5, problems 13, 23, 24, 26; Due Monday, November 9
, solutions
Homework 7:  Goldstein, Chapter 6, problems 4, 12, 14, 17; Due Monday, November 16, solutions
Homework 8:
Goldstein, Chapter 8, problems 14, 15, 17, 26; Due Wednesday, November 25
, solutions
Homework 9:  Goldstein, Chapter 9, problems 11, 17, 22, 28, 34; Due Monday, December 7, solutions

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