Engineering Dynamics

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Photograph of the Toronto skyline seen from over the water, with a commercial jet in flight over the skyline and boats visible near the harbor.

The principles of engineering dynamics are incorporated into the design of buildings, planes, boats, and underlie and explain phenomena we see every day. (Image courtesy of nouspique on Flickr.)




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Course Description

This course is an introduction to the dynamics and vibrations of lumped-parameter models of mechanical systems. Topics covered include kinematics, force-momentum formulation for systems of particles and rigid bodies in planar motion, work-energy concepts, virtual displacements and virtual work. Students will also become familiar with the following topics: Lagrange's equations for systems of particles and rigid bodies in planar motion, and linearization of equations of motion. After this course, students will be able to evaluate free and forced vibration of linear multi-degree of freedom models of mechanical systems and matrix eigenvalue problems.

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J. Kim Vandiver
David Gossard

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Vandiver, J., and David Gossard. 2.003SC Engineering Dynamics, Fall 2011. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/mechanical-engineering/2-003sc-engineering-dynamics-fall-2011 (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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