Classical Mechanics PH461/PH561-2B (2009 Fall) Course Information

PH222: General Physics II
MA252: Introduction to Differential Equations

This is the first part of two semester courses on classical mechanics. Main topics covered in this course are:
  • Kinematics
  • Forces and Newton's Laws of Motion
  • Harmonic Oscillations
  • Conservation of Energy
  • Conservation of Momentum
  • Lagrangean Methods

PH461 and PH561 cover the same topics. However, the students in PH561 will be given higher levels of homework and exam problems than those in PH461.

Day and Time: Tue. & Thu. 9:30-10:45
Room: CH 157
Instructor: Dr. Ryoichi Kawai
phone: (205) 934-3931
Office Hour: Wed. 12:30-1:30pm
Course Website:

Course Schedule
Homework Assigments
Recommended Mathematical Software
Maple Sample Codes
Required Textbook
Introduction to Classical Mechanics
David Morin
Cambridge University Press, 2008
ISBN 978-0-521-87622-3

Messages from the Instructor
  • Final exam solution: pdf
  • Test 3 solution: pdf
  • Test 2 solution: pdf (Solution to Problem 1 and 2 are given in the textbook.)
  • Test 1 solution: pdf,  Maple
  • Welcome to PH461/561 Classical Mechanics I course.

Several homework problems will be given every week. Homework must be turned in electronically by email. (Use the department fax machine in the mailroom which scans sheets and sends the images by email.)

Three midterm exams and a final comprehensive exam will be given. Students must take all four exams. Make-up exam is allowed only when reasonable excuse is presented. You can take only one make-up exam.


Exams and assignments carry the following maximum possile points. Midterm exams (15 pts. each), Final exam (30 pts.), Homework and other assignments (25 pts.). The total maximum possible points is 100. Letter grades are determined by the rule given in the table.
GradeTotal Score
A85 or above
B75 or above
C60 or above
D*50 or above
* Only for PH461 students.