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  • Homework #5 will be due at 6:00pm on Monday, December 4. This homework is optional, and will count as extra credit if you choose to do it.
  • If you're interested in an internship with NASA, see this link: NASA Internships
  • The final exam will be on Monday, December 4, 6:00pm - 8:20pm. You may bring a single 8-1/2" x 11" sheet of paper with your own notes (front and back) to use during the exam. The formula pages for the exam may be found here. Practice problems may be found here. You may find it very helpful to work the practice problems.

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  • To learn more about classical mechanics, I suggest:
    • An Introduction to Advanced Dynamics by S.W. McCuskey (Addison-Wesley, 1959). A very clear and readable intermediate text, at about the college junior level.
    • Mechanics (3rd ed.) by Keith R. Symon. Another standard junior-level intermediate mechanics text.
    • Classical Mechanics by Herbert Goldstein (3rd ed.) (Addison-Wesley, 2001). The standard graduate-level text on advanced mechanics.
  • For some fun physics-related reading for the winter break, I suggest:
    • The Science of Interstellar by Kip Thorne and Christopher Nolan. Thorne is a well-known physicist who was involved in making the movie Interstellar from its beginning. In this book he and film director Nolan describe the physics shown in the movie.
    • Physics of the Impossible by Michio Kaku. A noted physicist discusses the possibility of time travel, force fields, invisibility cloaks, transporters, etc.
    • The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean. A very entertaining collection of stories surrounding the periodic table of the elements.
    • Mr. Tompkins in Paperback (and an updated version, The New World of Mr. Tompkins) by George Gamow. A famous Russian physicist wrote these stories of a world in which the speed of light is just 30 mph so relativistic effects are visible, and more stories of a world where Planck's constant is so large that quantum effects are visible.
  • Here's an interesting article on the physics of skipping stones from Physics Today: Water-Skipping Stones and Spheres

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