2022 Fundamentals of Mechanics 1 P

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Fujisawa Toshimasa 
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Course description and aims

The course teaches the fundamentals of particle motion starting with the equations that describe the motion of an object.

Mechanics is important for understanding nature, and is essential for the study of science, engineering, life sciences, and other specialized courses. Students will learn the physical laws of motion and their mathematical description. This will allow them to understand particle mechanics as well as find solutions to most general problems in mechanics.

Student learning outcomes

By completing this course, students will be able to:
1) Correctly understand the concepts of velocity, acceleration, force, momentum, angular momentum, torque, work, energy, etc., and mathematically describe them.
2) Correctly understand the laws of motion; the laws of conservation of momentum, angular momentum, and energy that are derived from the laws of motion; and solve actual physical problems by applying these laws.
3) Find mathematical solutions to problems in mechanics, expressed by the appropriate equations, and explain the physical meaning of said solutions.


position, velocity, acceleration, momentum, force, laws of motion, law of conservation of momentum, free fall, simple harmonic motion, parabolic motion, work, kinetic energy, potential energy, law of conservation of energy, central force, angular momentum, torque, law of conservation of angular momentum, universal gravitation, Kepler’s laws

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Two-thirds of each class is devoted to fundamentals and the rest to advanced content or application. To allow students to get a good grasp of the course contents and practice problem-solving skills, problems related to the contents of this course are provided in Exercises in Physics I.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Laws of motion Explain position, velocity and acceleration as well as their relationship.
Class 2 Equation of motion Explain Newton’s three laws of motion and describe motion using the equations of motion.
Class 3 Energy conservation law Explain the concepts of work, kinetic energy, potential energy, and the law of conservation of energy.
Class 4 Momentum conservation law Explain the change in momentum in the presence and absence of external forces.
Class 5 Oscillatory motion Explain simple harmonic motion and coupled oscillation.
Class 6 Oscillatory motions under external forces Explain damped harmonic oscillation and driven harmonic oscillation.
Class 7 Summary and exercises Summarize the content of this lecture and solve the exercises.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


“Mechanics”, Y. Soejima and T. Sugiyama

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Distribute on T2SCHOLA if necessary.

Assessment criteria and methods

Scores are based on the final exam.

Related courses

  • LAS.P105 : Exercises in Physics I

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

No prerequisites.

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