Advanced Classical Mechanics: PH710-3B Course Information

Day and Time: Mon/Wed, 5:30PM-6:45PM
Room: TBA
Instructor: Dr. Ryoichi Kawai
phone: (205) 934-3931
Office Hour: Monday 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Course Website:

Go to Maple Lab

  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
    ISBN: 0-387-00230-8

Several take-home exams. One in-class comprehensive exam at the end of term.

From time to time, open book in-class quizzes will be held. You can open only your own notebook and textbook. No photocopy of books nor notebooks are allowed. The date and topics of a quiz will be announced one week before it will ne held.

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 science, 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.
  • "A" will not be given if you receive zero or negative point for any individual problem in any take-home exam. This does not mean that positive points for all problems guarantee "A".
  • Neither "A" nor "B" will be given if you receive zero or negative point for two or more problems.
  • Minimum requirement: 70% of take-home exams, 60% of in-class exam and quizzes, and 80% of homework.
  • August: Chap. 1 -- Chap. 4
  • September: Chap. 5 -- Chap. 8
  • October: Chap. 9 -- Chap. 11
  • November: Chap 12 -- Chap.14
  • December: Chap 15