2.032 Dynamics

Fall 2004

A small wheeled cart connected to a large rolling wheel.
A cart and a rolling disk are connected by a rigid massless link of length L. The disk rolls without slipping. What's the force in the link? See Problem Set 9. (Figure by Prof. George Haller.)

Course Highlights

This course features a student's complete lecture notes, as well as problem sets and exams with solutions.

Course Description

This course reviews momentum and energy principles, and then covers the following topics: Hamilton's principle and Lagrange's equations; three-dimensional kinematics and dynamics of rigid bodies; steady motions and small deviations therefrom, gyroscopic effects, and causes of instability; free and forced vibrations of lumped-parameter and continuous systems; nonlinear oscillations and the phase plane; nonholonomic systems; and an introduction to wave propagation in continuous systems.

This course was originally developed by Professor T. Akylas.

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Prof. George Haller

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session