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Course Outline

Topics will be covered in the following order:

I. Introduction

II. Kinematics of 3-D Motion of Rigid Bodies

III. Momentum Principles for Rigid Bodies

IV. Variational Formulation

V. Stability of Motion

VI. Vibration Analysis

VII. Continuous Systems


The course will be based on the material presented in the lectures. There is no required textbook, although the following books are recommended and will be placed on library reserve.

Amazon logo Baruh, H. Analytical Dynamics. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 1998. ISBN: 9780073659770.

Amazon logo Ginsberg, J. H. Advanced Engineering Dynamics. 2nd ed. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1995. ISBN: 9780521470216.

Amazon logo Crandall, S. H., D. C. Karnopp, E. F. Kurtz, Jr., and D. C. Pridmore-Brown. Dynamics of Mechanical and Electromechanical Systems. Malabar, FL: Krieger, 1982. ISBN: 9780898745290.

Amazon logo Moon, F. C. Applied Dynamics. New York, NY: Wiley, 1998. ISBN: 9780471138280.

Amazon logo Greenwood, D. T. Classical Dynamics. New York, NY: Dover Publications, 1997. ISBN: 9780486696904.

Amazon logo ———. Principles of Dynamics. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1987. ISBN: 9780137099818.


There will be about 10 problem sets; you will have a week to work on each. Some problems will require the use of a computer, and familiarity with MATLAB® would be helpful. No late homework will be accepted. You may discuss problems with others in the class but you must (a) write up your eventual solution independently, and (b) list the names of students with whom you discussed the problem set.


There will be two in-class closed-book exams. There will be no final exam.


Homework 20%
Exams 80%