Advanced Classical Mechanics: PH710-3B Course Information

Day and Time: Mon/Wed, 5:30PM-6:45PM
Room: CH394
Instructor: Dr. Ryoichi Kawai
email: kawai@uab.edu
phone: (205) 934-3931
Office Hour: Mon/Wed 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Course Website: http://kawai.phy.uab.edu/courses/ph710/



  Required Text Book
A Modern Approach to Classical Mechanics
H. Iro
World Scientific
ISBN: 981-238-213-5
Table of Contents

Suggested Books
  • Classical Mechanics (3rd Edition)
    Goldstein, Poole, and Safko
    Prentice Hall
    ISBN: 0-201-65702-3

  • Classical Mechanics
    Transformations, Flows, Integrable and Chaotic Dynamics
    J. L. McCauley
    Cambridge University Press
    ISBN: 0-521-57882-5

  • Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos
    with Applications to Physics, Biology, Chemistry, and Engineering
    S. Strogatz
    Addison Wesley
    ISBN: 0-201-54344-3

  • Maple an Introduction and Reference
    M. Kofler
    Addison Wesley Longman Limited
    ISBN: 0-201-17899-0

  • Introduction to Maple (3rd Edition)
    A. Heck
    Springer
    ISBN: 0-387-00230-8


Maple Lab
A mathematical program "Maple" will be used in this class. Example programs are provided. You must be able to modify the programs, experiment various different cases by changing parameter values, and write a simple report. Go to Maple Lab Exams
Two in-class tests, midterm take-home exam, and final take-home exam.

Homework
Answers will be presented in the class by students.

Grade Policy
  • Blank answer receives no points.
  • Correct answer receives positive points.
  • Incorrect answer receives negative points. In particular, answers that contains obvious self-contradiction, that are obviously contradict with basic laws of physics, or that contains too unrealistic conclusion, lose large points. Simple arithmetic mistake that resulted in unrealistic conclusion is also subject to large negative points. You must be able to check if your answer is reasonable.
    • Grade Scaling
  • A: all take-home exams must have 90 pts or above, all in-class exams must have 80 pts or above, and 80% of homework must be completed.
  • B: all take-home exams must have 80 pts or above, all in-class exams must have 70 pts or above, and 80% of homework must be completed.
  • C: all take-home exams must have 70 pts or above, all in-class exams must have 60 pts or above, and 80% of homework must be completed.
  • F: Otherwise
Schedule
  • August: Chap. 1 -- Chap. 4
  • September: Chap. 5 -- Chap. 8
  • October: Chap. 9 -- Chap. 11
  • November: Chap 12 -- Chap.14
  • December: Chap 15