Bryn Mawr College, Department of Physics
Physics 122:  Classical Mechanics, Spring 2015
Instructor:  Michael Noel, Park Science Center - Room 347, Phone:  5363, e-mail:

Office hours:  See the assignments page for current times.
You set the agenda for office hours.  Come with questions about the lecture, reading, homework, exams, grading, or anything else of concern or interest.  Come in groups or as individuals.  If you would like to discuss something in private, please make a separate appointment with me.

Textbook:  An Introduction to Mechanics, 2nd edition by Kleppner and Kolenkow.   I have placed this text as well as several other texts on reserve in Collier.  The first additional text is a different presentation of the material, but at the same level, Knudsen and Hjorth, Elements of Newtonian Mechanics Including Nonlinear Dynamics, Third, Revised and Enlarged Edition.  The second is at a bit higher level, Analytical Mechanics by Fowles and Cassiday.  There are also numerous "standard" introductory texts on reserve that you might find useful.

Content and goals:  The lecture material covers Newtonian Mechanics of single particles, systems of particles, and rigid bodies, with applications to central force motion and the harmonic oscillator.  Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours. Prerequisites: Physics 121 and Math 101. Corequisite: Math 102.  The assignments page provides a schedule of course activities and will be updated regularly, you should check it often for reading and homework assignments.  Our goal is for you to gain a solid conceptual understanding of each of the various topics that we cover as well as develop the mathematical framework used to model mechanical systems.

Homework:  Homework questions will be posted on the Physics 122 assignments webpage.  You are encouraged to discuss the homework questions with one another but must write up your answers separately and in your own words.   For additional help and discussion on the homework questions please stop by Mike's office hours.

Exams:  There will be three in-class exams during the semester as well as a three-hour self-scheduled final exam.  All exams will be closed book. 

Laboratory:  The laboratory is run independently, but is a required part of this course.  You must satisfactorily complete the laboratory in order to pass this course.  The lab is run by Peter Beckmann so feel free to contact him if you have any questions or concerns about the lab. 


homework: 30% total,
midterm exams: 40%  total (10% for lowest score, 15% for the other two),
final exam: 30%
Accommodations:  Students who think they may need accommodations in this course because of the impact of a learning, physical, or psychological disability are encouraged to meet with me privately early in the semester to discuss their concerns. In addition, students must contact Deborah Alder, Coordinator of Access Services (610-526-7351 or, as soon as possible, to verify their eligibility for reasonable academic accommodations. Early contact will help to avoid unnecessary inconvenience and delays.