Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2020Year School/Graduate School Liberal Arts Education Program
Lecture Code 63100401 Subject Classification Foundation Courses
Subject Name 新入生のための物理学入門[1工特]
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Introduction to Physics for First-Year Students
ワキタニ シン,アライ マサズミ,キハラ シンイチ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 1st-Year,  First Semester,  1Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (1T) Tues1-2,Thur1-2:ENG 105
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
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Lecture and exercises 
Credits 2 Class Hours/Week   Language on Instruction J : Japanese
Course Level 1 : Undergraduate Introductory
Course Area(Area) 25 : Science and Technology
Course Area(Discipline) 06 : Physics
Eligible Students First-year students who did not study physics in a high school
Keywords An equation of motion, momentum, angular momentum, energy, circular motions, harmonic oscillations, collisions, universal gravitation, rigid bodies, moment of inertia, inertial force, Coriolis force, centrifugal force 
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
Class Status within
Liberal Arts Education
Expected Outcome 
Class Objectives
/Class Outline
To build the basics for the student who did not study physics in a high school to learn physics at a university. 
Class Schedule lesson1: Velocity, acceleration and trajectory (Instructor: Kihara)
lesson2: Laws of motion and an equation of motion (Instructor: Kihara)
lesson3: Examples of motion (Instructor: Kihara)
lesson4: Momentum and impulse (Instructor: Kihara)
lesson5: Angular momentum and torque (Instructor: Kihara)
lesson6: Work and energy (Instructor: Kihara)
lesson7: Circular motions  (Instructor: Kihara)
lesson8: Summary and midterm exam
lesson9: Harmonic oscillations (Instructor: Arai)
lesson10: Collision of two particles (Instructor: Arai)
lesson11: Motion under universal gravitational force (Instructor: Arai)
lesson12: Equilibrium of a rigid body (Instructor: Arai)
lesson13: Rotational motion of a rigid body (Instructor: Arai)
lesson14: Relative motion and inertial force (Instructor: Arai)
lesson15: Rotating frame, Coriolis force and centrifugal force (Instructor: Arai)

Midterm exam in lesson 8
Final exam in lesson 16 
The textbook is provided in lesson 1. There exist no other recommended textbooks.  
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The text book 
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Preparation and
lesson 1: Understand the definitions of velocity and acceleration. Solve problems about these topics.
lesson 2: Understand laws of motion and an equation of motion. Solve problems about formulating an equation of motion.
lesson 3: Solve an equation of motion by integrating it in the case of constant acceleration.
lesson 4:  Derive an equation of momentum from an equation of motion. Understand the condition for the conservation of momentum. Apply the conservation law of momentum for the split of a particle and the motion of a rocket.
lesson 5: Derive an equation of angular momentum from an equation of motion. Understand the  conservation of angular momentum. Apply the conservation law of angular momentum for some problems.
lesson 6: Derive an equation of energy from an equation of motion. Understand and apply the conditions for the existence of potential energy and the conservation of mechanical energy.  
lesson 7: Derive equations of motion for circular motions. Solve problems about circular motions.
lesson 9: Show solutions of harmonic oscillation. Understand the terms such as amplitude, angular frequency and phase. Understand the features of harmonic oscillation.
lesson 10: Understand the conservation of momentum on the collision of two particles. Solve problems about collision.
lesson 11: Understand the conservation of angular momentum on the motion under universal gravitational force. Obtain the potential energy of universal gravitational force.
lesson 12: Understand the condition of equilibrium of a rigid body. Solve problems about the  equilibrium of a rigid body.
lesson 13: Understand the equation of rotational motion of a rigid body. Understand the moment of inertia. Solve problems about the rotational motion of a stick and a disk.
lesson 14: Convert the equation of motion in an inertial frame to that in a non-inertial frame. Solve problems about the motion of particles in a non-inertial frame.
lesson 15: Understand the motion of Foucault pendulum as an example of the motion under Coriolis and centrifugal forces. 
Grading Method 50% midterm exam, 50% final exam. Total score 100. 
Practical Experience  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it  
Please fill in the class improvement questionnaire which is carried out on all classes.
Instructors will reflect on your feedback and utilize the information for improving their teaching. 
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