Physics 701: Classical Mechanics

Professor Andisheh Mahdavi

Fall 2017, Thornton 210 , Tu-Th 5:00-6:30PM

Office: Thornton 527
Telephone: (415) 338-1697
Course syllabus
Office Hours: Tu 4-5PM


  • Initial introduction
  • Analytic solutions of ODEs
  • More examples of solving differential equations numerically in Mathematica
  • Coupled springs in 1D~
  • Free bead on a cone with animation
  • Plotting through power law potentials using Manipulate
  • Plotting orbits in Cartesian coordinates with energy/angular momentum monitoring
  • Plotting orbits in Cartesian coordinates---in center of mass coordinates
  • Solving transcendental equations
  • 3-body problem