For November's meeting, we'll go over topics from the first half of chapter 4 of Goldstein, on the Kinematics of Rigid Body Motion. (Classical Mechanics by Herbert Goldstein, 2nd ed.) Siddhartha will discuss Lagrange points (from the old 2-body problem of chap. 3), and Euler equations for the motion of a rigid body, to introduce us to chapter 4.
Before the meeting I will circulate a link to Barry's written-out response to my question about the geometric meaning of the Euler-Lagrange equations -- to see if others think Barry has solved my puzzle, to the extent you believe it was a puzzle in the first place.
Note: Studying rigid bodies will help give us a firm grounding in the matrix manipulations we'll need for quantum mechanics. So it shouldn't be viewed as a parochial subject limited to the behavior of tops & frisbies.
This time let's get a drink after the meeting. The LauchPad is surrounded by all sort of good places for that.