Advanced Classical Mechanics I: PH610/PH710-2E (2010 Fall) Course Information

PH562: Classical Mechanics II

Applications of methods of Lagrange, Hamilton, Poisson, and Hamilton-Jacobi to such classical problems as central force, small oscillation, and classical chaos Theory
  • Variational Principles amd Lagrange's Equations
  • Central Force Problems
  • Oscillations
  • Hamiloton Equations
  • Canonical Transformations
  • Hamilton-Jacobi Theory
  • Classical Chaos

PH610 and PH710 cover the same topics. However, the students in PH710 will be given higher levels of homework and exam problems than those in PH610.

Day and Time: Tue. & Thu. 2:00-3:15
Room: CH 445
Instructor: Dr. Ryoichi Kawai
phone: (205) 934-3931
Office Hour: Wed. 12:30-1:30pm
Course Website:

Course Schedule
Homework Assigments
Required Textbook Classical Mechanics, 3rd Ed.
Goldstein, Poole and Safko
Addison-Wesley, 2001
ISBN-13: 978-0201657029

Messages from the Instructor

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.)

An in-class midterm exam, a take-home midterm exams and a take-home final comprehensive exam will be given. Students must take all three 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 points: Midterm exams (20 pts. each), Final exam (40 pts.), Homework and other assignments (20 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