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## Problems |
## Due Date |

Assignment 1 | Fri. Sept. 9 |

Assignment 2 | Fri. Sept. 30 |

Assignment 3 | Fri. Oct. 28 |

Here is a list of topics covered on the midterm.

- Peter Olver's Introduction to the Calculus of Variations is a nice exposition which, in 27 pages, manages to summarize much of what we will do in this course.
- How many geodesics are there between two points on a cone?
- There is a good introductory discussion of the spherical pendulum on pages 47 to 55 of these notes on mechanics by Sebastian Müller at Bristol.