Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2024Year School/Graduate School Liberal Arts Education Program
Lecture Code 68150010 Subject Classification Foundation Courses
Subject Name 一般力学I[1工四]
Subject Name
Subject Name in
General Mechanics I
ウメダ タカシ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 1st-Year,  First Semester,  2Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (2T) Fri1-4:IAS K310
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
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Lecture-oriented class, Projection (PowerPoint) will be used. Online (on-demand) teaching using LMS such as Bb9 will be simultaneously used as required. 
Credits 2.0 Class Hours/Week   Language of Instruction J : Japanese
Course Level 1 : Undergraduate Introductory
Course Area(Area) 25 : Science and Technology
Course Area(Discipline) 06 : Physics
Eligible Students
Keywords Newton’s equation of motion, vector, differential equation, oscillation, momentum, angular momentum, work, potential energy, mechanical energy, gravitation 
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
Class Status within
Liberal Arts Education
As pre-specialized education, which is organically linked to specialized education, Foundation Courses are aimed at providing students with the basic knowledge necessary to understand specialized studies in their chosen areas, and thereby providing them w 
Expected OutcomeTo understand, acquire, and be able to explain the logical structure and system of the basic disciplines in accordance with each subject and the knowledge and skills necessary for further academic development. 
Class Objectives
/Class Outline
Mechanics is one of the mainstays of physics and engineering as well as electromagnetics, and hence an important subject for students in the department of science and engineering as a foundation to be acquired.

Our goal in General Mechanics is to systematically provide the principles and laws of mechanics for engineering students. Students coming out of this class should have a deep conceptual understanding of classical Newtonian mechanics. This course, General Mechanics I, provides instruction in one-particle dynamics and mathematics required for the understanding of this lecture.
Class Schedule lesson 1: Basis of the vector and the operations such as scalar product, vector product and the calculus
lesson 2: Various coordinate systems such as Cartesian coordinate, polar coordinate and cylindrical coordinate system
lesson 3: Position, velocity, and acceleration vector and the relationships in terms of temporal differential: Newton’s first law of motion (the law of inertia) and inertial frames of reference.
lesson 4: Newton’s second law (Newton’s equation of motion) and third law of motion (law of action and reaction): Methods for solving the differential equations of linear motion with constant acceleration and free-fall motion
lesson 5: Methods for solving the constrained motion
lesson 6: The equation of simple harmonic motion and the solving method: Complex number and Euler’s formula
lesson 7: The methods for solving second order linear ordinary differential equations with constant factors
lesson 8: The equation of dumped oscillations and the solving methods: the features of dumped oscillations
lesson 9: The equation of forced oscillations and the solving methods: the features of forced oscillations
lesson 10: Momentum and Impulse
lesson 11: Angular momentum and moment of force
lesson 12: Integral representations for the work done by forces: The relationship between work and kinetic energy through the equation of motion
lesson13: Conservative forces and potential energy
lesson14: Conservation of mechanical energy and the problems for application
lesson15: Universal gravitation and the potential energy

term-end exam 
Each teacher specifies the main textbook and other books for reference. 
PC or AV used in
(More Details) Handouts will be provided. Projections, PowerPoint or movie, will be also used. 
Learning techniques to be incorporated  
Suggestions on
Preparation and
Read the textbook and/or handouts very carefully before the each lecture and solve exercises in the textbook after the class. 
Requirements Freshmen should take the specified class.
The actual class schedule might vary flexibly depending on the students and the situation. So please ask the actual schedule to each teacher of the class. 
Grading Method About 70% by the term-end exam and about 30% by the attitude toward the class. 
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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