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COURSE TITLE:Applied Mechanics-Dynamics

Applied Mechanics is primarily a course in solving problems involving dynamics. The majority of the time is spent on the theoretical analysis of the kinetics of particles and rigid bodies involving force, mass, acceleration, energy, momentum, and impulse, as well as the kinematics of a system of particles and rigid bodies. This theoretical analysis is the solid foundation for students to develop the ability to analyze engineering problems in a logical manner. Applied Mechanics is very important for students in their subsequent study in engineering disciplines and in their future practical engineering applications.

PHYS152 Applied Mechanics-Statics - This course includes the fundamental concepts of Newtonian mechanics to the statics of particles and rigid bodies in two dimensional and three dimensional space. It covers mathematical analysis of forces and their equilibrium in structural members and forces due to friction; calculation at center of gravity, center of pressure, and moment of inertia; study of virtual work principle for a particle and for a rigid body. MATH130 Calculus & Analytic Geometry II - The second course in calculus and analytic geometry. Techniques of integration and differentiation of exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric, and hyperbolic functions; limit of indeterminate forms; polar coordinates; parametric equations; conic sections; infinite series.

NOTES: This course involves a great deal of work on the student's part and would be nearly impossible for the student to master the content without persistently working the problems. As a prerequisite, students are expected to possess the knowledge of general physics and calculus. Students are expected to spend an additional 3-5 hours per week outside of class to complete all assignments. To achieve the general education goals and learning outcomes, students will communicate meaningfully in writing while presenting information. Students will translate quantifiable problems into mathematical terms and solve these problems using mathematical operations. Students will construct graphs and charts, interpret them, and draw appropriate conclusions. Course activities include:
  1. Speaking Assignments: students will present research individually or in groups using current technology to support the presentation; students will participate in discussions and debates related to the topics in the lessons
  2. Case Studies: complex situations and scenarios will be analyzed in cooperative group settings or as homework assignments
  3. Lectures: this format will include question and answer sessions to provide interactivity between students and the instructor
  4. Videos or Invited Speakers: related topics will provide impetus for discussion

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Clearly show work or provide clear explanation as how to setup and generate a solution for application problems
  • Describe data using proper symbols and variables
  • Clearly relate interpretation of solutions to standard real world physics application problems
  • Analyze a problem to deduce a reasonable answer
  • Evaluate the reasonableness of a solution or answer to a problem using background knowledge to support the evaluation.
  • Apply math and physics principles in the process of identifying, formulating, and solving engineering problems related to mechanics and dynamics
Topic Specific Objectives:
  • describe the basic physics concepts, such as
    • mass
    • force
    • length
    • time
    • weight
    • particle
    • rigid body and SI and FPS system of units
  • use Newton’s first, second, third laws of motion and gravitational attraction law
  • find position, displacement, speed, velocity, acceleration, distance, and time of moving particle; and use calculus to deal with constant and no-constant acceleration
  • find angular position, angular velocity, and angular acceleration in rotational motion of a particle and a rigid body
  • solve problems regarding to projectile motion, and space orbital motion
  • solve problems of an object under conditions of constraints (motion of dependent objects)
  • solve particle motion involving equation in 2D and 3D space using rectangular, cylindrical, and tangential/normal/binormal coordinate systems
  • solve rigid body motion problems involving translational, rotational and general plane motion and find the location of the instantaneous center of the rigid body
  • find both absolute and relative position, velocity, and acceleration of one object with respect to another
  • solve frictional rolling problems under the conditions of no slipping and with slipping
  • perform motion analysis using inertial frame and rotating frames of reference
  • solve problems involving the principle of linear impulse and momentum, the principle of angular impulse and angular momentum; and understand the conservation of linear and angular momentum
  • solve problems regarding the work done by constant or variable forces, such as
    • weight
    • spring force
    • friction force
    • force couples
    • and identify the forces that do not do work
  • calculate the change of kinetic energy, elastic and gravitational potential energies for particles and for rigid body
  • identify the conservative forces, non-conservative forces and the potential function
  • use the principle of work and energy for particles and rigid bodies
  • solve problem which involves power and efficiency
  • solve problem regarding impulsive forces under elastic and plastic impact with different coefficient of restitution
  • calculate the center of mass, moment of inertia for a line, an area, a single body or composite bodies
  • solve continuous or erratic motion problems in term of s-t, v-t, and a-t graphs; and solve motion problems by using dynamic equilibrium diagrams and/or free body diagrams
  • solve problems involving free vibration, viscous damped vibration and viscous damped forced vibration
  • use energy method to solve vibration problems and use related electrical circuit analogy

In a 16-week-long semester, the following topics are covered: The course includes the following topics:
  • Introduction. (0.5 weeks)
  • Kinematics of a particle. (2 weeks)
  • Kinetics of a particle - Force and acceleration. (2 weeks)
  • Kinetics of a particle - Work and energy. (1.5 weeks)
  • Kinetics of a particle - Impulse and momentum. (1.5 weeks)
  • Planar kinematics of rigid bodies. (1.5 weeks)
  • Planar kinetics of a rigid body - Force and acceleration. (1.5 weeks)
  • Planar kinetics of a rigid body - Work and energy. (1.5 weeks)
  • Planar kinetics of a rigid body - Impulse and momentum. (1.5 weeks)
  • Vibrations - Free vibrations, forced and damped vibrations.(2.5 weeks)


Hibbeler, R. C. Engineering Mechanics - Dynamics, 8th Edition, Macmillan, 1998.
A TI-83 or better calculator is recommended.

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The student will be evaluated on the degree to which student learning outcomes are achieved. A variety of methods may be used, such as tests, quizzes, class attendance and participation, reading assignments, projects, homework, presentations, and final exam. Students are expected to completely solve problems as homework from each section as assigned. Homework grade will be assigned based on the solution procedure, results, organization, and presentation. Each solution shall be explained with all the detail and diagrams necessary for another person to review. Hourly exam is composed by solving problems selected from each chapter. A comprehensive final exam is given at the end of the semester.

Three major separate sources will contribute to the grade in this course:
final exam
hourly exams (including quizzes and projects)
homework (including presentation)

Determination of grade is according to the following scale:

Grades will be adjusted to reflect the statistical distribution of scores within the class.

  • Vector Mechanics for Engineers: Dynamics, by Ferdinand P. Beer, Jr., E. Russell Johnston, William E. Clausen, and Phillip J. Cornwell, 8th edition, 2006, by McGraw-Hill Book Company.
  • Engineering Mechanics, Volume 2, Dynamics, Meriam, J. L., and Kraige, L. G., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 6th  edition, Hardcover, 2006, by John Wiley & Sons Inc.
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