Physics 311: Classical Mechanics

General Information

Lecturer: Dr. Dennis Clougherty
Address: Cook Physical Science Building A405
Telephone: (802) 656-0063
Email: dennis.clougherty(at)
Office Hours W 1-3


Lecture TR10:00-11:15Cook 402

Course Prerequisites

Physics 211 or permission of instructor

Course Text

Theoretical Mechanics of Particles and Continua, A. Fetter and J. Walecka

(Available in the UVM Bookstore and online.)

Optional References

Classical Mechanics, H. Goldstein, C.P. Poole, and J.L. Safko
Mechanics, L.D. Landau and E.M. Lifshitz
Mathematical Methods for Physicists, G. Arfken
Classical Dynamics: A Contemporary Approach, J.V. Jose and E.J. Saletan


There will be approximately a problem set each week. Solutions will be distributed in class.


There will be a mid-term exam given on Thursday October 20th. The final grade will be based on the homework, mid-term and final exams.

Course Outline


Goldstein's errata