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Classical Mechanics Notes

These are Dr J Paton's handwritten notes, typed out in LyX to give LaTeX output.

  • PDF only
  • Source (includes LyX and LaTeX files, and images (SVG sources and EPS files - the SVGs need the FreeSerif font installed). In addition to common LaTeX packages, you'll need the boldtensors and hhtensor packages; both are in the standard MiKTeX repositories)

If you find any typos, please email me and let me know; I'll correct and re-upload.

Version History

2007-11-02 00:00 - First public release
2008-04-21 18:30 - Typographical errors corrected on page 5. Thanks to Nick Edwards for pointing these out.
2008-06-03 13:00 - Algebraic (rather than typographical) errors corrected on page 21. Thanks to Daniel Thompson for pointing these out.

Custom Keyboard Layout

This is a modified version of the UK English keyboard layout for Microsoft Windows, adding many useful physics and maths symbols. I use it for input in Word. It currently does not work with LaTeX or LyX, and only partially works with MathType. Unshifted and shifted keys are the same as the UK layout; the additional characters make use of the AltGr key (to the right of the spacebar) and the Shift+AltGr combination, which give almost twice as many character positions as are available as standard.

  • Installer - for the layout files (includes files for x86, x64, and IA64 - not that anyone uses IA64, but MSKLC generates it)
  • Source file - should you wish to edit the layout yourself (for instance, if German doesn't interest you, you could gain an extra 7 character positions to replace with characters you're more interested in. Have a look in the Character Map)
  • Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator - allows opening of the source file or creation of your own custom layout (requires the .NET framework; either 2.0 or 1.0/1.1, depending on the version downloaded)


With AltGr depressed:

Keymap with AltGr down

Keys (skipping blanks):

¦ Broken Pipe
Double dagger
Wedge (cross product)
° Degrees
Much less than
Much greater than
ß Eszett
± Plus/minus
ϴ Capital theta
Square root
Parallel to
Ψ Capital psi
ü u with umlaut
Equivalent/Identically equal to
(Not here sequentially on the UK keyboard) Not equal to
For all
Sum (not capital sigma)
Δ Capital delta
Partial derivative
Normal to
Φ Capital phi
Script letter l, to avoid confusion with I and 1
ö o with umlaut
ä a with umlaut
Curly capital E, can represent electromotive force
Ω Capital omega
× Times (multiplication)
Vertically centred ellipsis
Nabla (grad, del)
Text ellipsis
Less than or equal to
Greater than or equal to

With Shift+AltGr depressed:

Keymap with Shift+AltGr down

Keys (skipping blanks):

Proportional to
Contour/loop integral
̂ Combining circumflex
̇ Combining dot (for time-derivatives)
̅ Combining overbar
θ Lowercase theta
ω Lowercase omega
ε Lowercase epsilon
ρ Lowercase rho
τ Lowercase tau
ψ Lowercase psi
υ Lowercase upsilon
ι Lowercase iota
ο Lowercase omicron
π Lowercase pi
Ü U with umlaut
(Not here sequentially on UK keyboard) Approximately equal to
α Lowercase alpha
σ Lowercase sigma
δ Lowercase delta
φ Lowercase phi
Implies that (double right arrow)
η Lowercase eta
φ Lowercase phi
κ Lowercase kappa
λ Lowercase lambda
Ö O with umlaut
Ä A with umlaut
ζ Lowercase zeta
χ Lowercase chi
γ Lowercase gamma
ξ Lowercase xi
β Lowercase beta
ν Lowercase nu
μ Lowercase mu
Bra vector
Ket vector

Version History

  • v1.4: Added circumflex, replaced overscore with combining overbar (reports as 1.3 for some reason)
  • v1.3: First public release

Printer Database

I've put together a small database of printers available in Oxford, and their features. If you know of any interesting printers not listed, email me and I'll add them. It can be found here.

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