Syllabus

Syllabus for The Theoretical Minimum

This syllabus is only an untested, rough plan.  It’s important to keep in mind that we do not have to finish the book, or even reach any particular point.  We will not push to go any faster than is comfortable for class members.

The term “Lecture N” refers to the lecture number in the text.  “Interlude” also refers to the corresponding entry in the text.

  • September 16

    1. Introduction and administration
    2. Lecture 1: The Nature of Classical Physics
    3. Interlude: Spaces, Trigonometry, and Vectors
    4. Lecture 2: Motion
  • September 23

    1. Interlude: Integral Calculus
    2. Lecture 3: Dynamics
    3. Interlude: Partial Differentiation
  • September 30 (cancelled)

  • October 7

    1. Lecture 4: Systems of More than One Particle
    2. Lecture 5: Energy
  • October 14

    1. Lecture 6: The Principle of Least Action
  • October 21

    1. Lecture 7: Symmetries and Conservation Laws
  • October 28

    1. Lecture 8: Hamiltonian Mechancis
  • November 4

    1. Lecture 9: The Phase Space Fluid
    2. Lecture 10: Poisson Brackets
  • November 11 (optional)

    1. Lecture 11: Electric and Magnetic Forces