Classical Mechanics PH461/PH561-2B Course Information

This is the first part of two semester courses on classical mechanics. Main topics covered in this course are:
  • Newton's Laws of Motion
  • Projectiles and Charged Particles
  • Momentum and Angular Momentum
  • Energy
  • Oscillations
  • Calculus of Variations
  • Lagrange's Equations

Day and Time: Tue. & Thu. 9:30-10:45
Room: PH 394 (Del Square)
Instructor: Dr. Ryoichi Kawai
email: kawai@uab.edu
phone: (205) 934-3931
Office Hour: by appointment
Course Website: http://kawai.phy.uab.edu/courses/ph461

Prerequisites
PH222: General Physics II
MA252: Introduction to Differential Equations

Required Textbook
Classical Mechanics
John R. Taylor
University Science Books, 2005
ISBN 1-891389-22-X

Maple Lab
"Maple", symbolic mathematics software, 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 using Maple.
Go to Maple Lab
Download Maple 10: Getting Started Guide (2.7MB)
Download Maple 10: User Manual (8.4MB)

Suggested Books on Maple
  • 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
Lecture Contents and Handouts

Messages from the Instructor
  • [9/16]: Homework Solution 1.39, 1.40
  • [8/30]: Lecture note #2 is posted and homework set #3 is assigned.
  • [8/26]: Go to schedule page and download reading materials.
  • [8/11]: The instructor will be out of town on Aug. 22 and 24. On Aug. 22, a teaching assistant will distribute various materials and assignments. Class on Aug. 24 is cancelled. A makeup class will be announced at a later time.


Homework
Several homework problems will be given every week. Homework must be turned in by specified due dates. For homework based on Maple, Maple electronic file should be sent to the instructor by email.
Go to Homework Page

Exams
Three exams and a final comprehensive exam will be given. Students must take all three exams.
Tentative Schedule
  • Exam 1: September 28 (Th.), Chapters 1-3
  • Exam 2: November 3 (Th.), Chapters 4-5
  • Exam 3: December 5 (Tu.), Chapters 6-7
  • Final Comprehensive Exam: December 12 (Tu.), Chapters 1-7

Grading
Course grades are determined based on the following weight:
Three midterm exams (15% each), Final exam (35%), Homework and other assignments (20%).