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 and Coupled Oscillator

Day and Time: Tue. & Thu. 9:30-10:45
Room: PH 394 (Del Square)
Instructor: Dr. Ryoichi Kawai
phone: (205) 934-3931
Office Hour: Wed. 12:30-1:30pm
Course Website:

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
    ISBN: 0-387-00230-8
Course Scheudle
Homework Assignments

Messages from the Instructor

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

Three exams and a final comprehensive exam will be given. Students must take all three exams.
Tentative Schedule
  • Exam 1: September 27 (Th.), Chapters 1-2
  • Exam 2: October 30 (Tu.), Chapters 3-4
  • Exam 3: December 4 (Tu.), Cahpter 5, 11
  • Final Comprehensive Exam: December 11 (Tu.), Chapters 1-5, 11

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