Course title
Fundamental Mechanics


YOSHIHARA Shouichirou

ITO Hirotaka
Course description
The class is designed to learn the concept of mechanics, which is the basis for design and manufacturing. The ability to understand the basic laws of nature discovered through various experiments and observations in physics is necessary not only for designing products but also for the process of making products into realistic shapes. In this class, based on Newton's laws of motion (classical mechanics), mechanics of a mass point (without considering its internal structure) is studied to learn the laws of motion and how to express motion. Taking simplified mechanical phenomena as examples, the goal is to derive the equations of motion from the laws of motion and to apply them.
Purpose of class
To learn the importance of understanding natural phenomena from their basic fundamentals.
Goals and objectives
  1. Able to physically observe and think in a physical way.
  2. To be able to describe things quantitatively.
  3. Able to relate knowledge of mechanics systematically.
Class schedule

Class schedule HW assignments (Including preparation and review of the class.) Amount of Time Required
1. Concept of Motion and Mathematics (Position, Velocity, Acceleration) Chap. 1 of Text. 60minutes
2. Motion in two or more dimensions (inner product, parabolic motion, circular motion) Chap. 2 of Text. 60minutes
3. Forces and Laws of Motion (Forces and Motion) Chap. 3 of Text. 60minutes
4. Forces and Laws of Motion (Newton's Laws) Chap. 3 of Text. 60minutes
5. Application of Newton's laws ( Frictional force, Air resistance ) Chap. 4 of Text. 60minutes
6. Application of Newton's laws ( Centripetal force, Inertial force) Chap. 4 of Text. 60minutes
7. Mid-term exam and its explanation Chaps. 1-4 of Text. 100minutes
8. Work and energy (work and kinetic energy) Chap. 5 of Text. 60minutes
9. Work and energy (work ratio) Chap. 5 of Text. 60minutes
10. Force product and momentum (law of momentum conservation) Chap. 6 of Text. 60minutes
11. Force product and momentum (elastic and inelastic impacts) Chap. 6 of Text. 60minutes
12. Dynamics of circular motion and planetary motion (law of universal gravitation, circular motion of celestial bodies) Chap. 7 of Text. 60minutes
13. Dynamics of circular motion and planetary motion (central force and angular momentum, polar coordinates) Chap. 7 of Text. 60minutes
14. Final exam and its description Chaps. 5-7 of Text. 100minutes
Total. - - 920minutes
Relationship between 'Goals and Objectives' and 'Course Outcomes'

interim report term-end examinations Total.
1. 20% 20% 40%
2. 15% 15% 30%
3. 15% 15% 30%
Total. 50% 50% -
Evaluation method and criteria
An interim report (50%) and a term-end examination or report (50%).
The evaluation is based on the achievement of Goals and objectives (1) 40%, (2) 30%, (3) 30%.
Students must earn at least 60 marks out of 100.
Textbooks and reference materials
Text book: K. Suehiro, J. Saito, H. Suzuki, A. Onodera, Buturigaku I, Maruzen Shuppan
Ref.: T. Hyodo, Kangaeru rikigaku, Gakujutsu Tosho Shuppan
Ref.: Y. Hara, Butsurigaku-kiso, Gakujutsu Tosho Shuppan
It is advisable to study analysis and calculus.
Office hours and How to contact professors for questions
  • Within 30 minutes after the lecture
Non-regionally-oriented course
Development of social and professional independence
  • Non-social and professional independence development course
Active-learning course
Course by professor with work experience
Work experience Work experience and relevance to the course content if applicable
Education related SDGs:the Sustainable Development Goals
Last modified : Fri Mar 18 23:56:54 JST 2022