Engineering mechanics: dynamics

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Aims and scope: 

Dynamics includes the study of kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies in two- and three-dimensional spaces, Newton's Second Law (force-mass-acceleration), the principles of impulse and momentum and energy methods, and damped and undamped vibrations. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to apply the kinematics of particles and rigid bodies to the solution of dynamics problems in straight line and curvilinear motion. They will be able to apply Newton’s Laws to particles and rigid bodies to solve kinetics-related problems; apply the principles of work and energy, conservation of energy, impulse and momentum, and conservation of momentum, to the solution of engineering problems involving (systems of) particles; apply force-mass-acceleration principles to damped and un-damped vibrations; simulate dynamics problems using different programming tools (Java, Flash, VB or Matlab); develop engineering skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, independent learning, and teamwork.


1. Kinematics of a Particle. 2. Kinetics of a Particle: Force and Acceleration. 3. Kinetics of a Particle: Work and Energy. 4. Kinetics of a Particle: Impulse and Momentum. 5. Planar Kinematics of a Rigid Body. 6. Planar Kinetics of a Rigid Body: Force and Acceleration. 7. Planar Kinetics of a Rigid Body: Work and Energy. 8. Planar Kinetics of a Rigid Body: Impulse and Momentum. 9. Three-Dimensional Kinematics of a Rigid Body. 10. Three-Dimensional Kinetics of a Rigid Body. 11. Vibrations.

Indicative reading: 

Hibbeler, R. C. (2016). Mechanics for Engineers: Dynamics, 14th ed. Macmillan.

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