Engineering Dynamics with Machinery Applications

Course Syllabus:

 Professor: Simin Nasseri

Office: Q231

Phone:  678-915-7420


Web Page:


If you wish to see me at times outside my office hours, you can send me an e-mail to arrange an appointment.




Course introduction:

This is a study of the mechanics of particles and rigid bodies. Topics covered include: kinematics and kinetics of particles; work and kinetic energy; impulse and momentum; rigid body motions; relative motion; and moving coordinate systems.

 For the student who wishes an overview of the subject, the topic coverage is broad enough to provide a comprehensive introduction.


Course text:

The text for the course is

Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics, Latest edition or earlier, Hibbeler, Prentice Hall, or Statics &   Dynamics package.

 If you have the older versions, you can still use them, but remember to check the problems at the end of each chapter, for doing your homework assignments, as these are changed in the new edition.

The text is meant as a reference and for supplemental assigned reading, lecture notes will deviate in both content and approach.

Other suggested textbooks are:

  • Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics, by W.F. Riley and L.D. Sturges. Published by John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York.
  • Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics & Dynamics Study Pack, by A. M. Bedford and W. Fowler.
  • Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics (Engineering Mechanics) by J. L. Meriam and L. G. Kraige.
  • Vector Mechanics for Engineers: Dynamics by F. P. Beer, Jr., E. R. Johnston, W. E. Clausen, and P. J. Cornwell.


Course grade determination:

Your grade in this course will be determined from your performance on homework assignments, quizzes, mid-term and final examinations.

  • Homework                      10%
  • Mini-tests                        40%
  • Midterm Exam                 25%
  • Final Exam                      25%

 [90 - 100% = A,   80 - 89% = B   70 - 79% = C   60 - 69% = D   Below 60% = F]

 Homework assignments will be assigned after certain modules have been completed. The format for the tests and final examination will be proctored and will be announced well before each test.

 ADA/504 Compliance

Students with disabilities who believe that they may need accommodations in this class are encouraged to contact the ATTIC counselor working with disabilities at (678) 915-7361 as soon as possible to better ensure that such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion.

Student Conduct

Academic dishonesty and non-academic misconduct, in any form, is not tolerated in the classroom. This includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, and disorderly conduct. Please refer to sections in the Undergraduate Catalog on: A Disruptive Behavior and Academic Dishonesty. Also read this page carefully.


  Course content- Topic coverage:

 - Kinematics of a Particle

  • To introduce the concepts of position, displacement, velocity, and acceleration.
  • To study particle motion along a straight line and represent this motion graphically.
  • To investigate particle motion along a curved path using different coordinate systems.
  • To present an analysis of dependent motion of two particles.
  • To examine the principles of relative motion of two particles using translating axes.

- Kinetics of a Particle: Force and Acceleration

  • To state Newton's Laws of Motion and Gravitational Attraction and to define mass and weight.
  • To analyze the accelerated motion of a particle using the equation of motion with different coordinate systems.
  • To investigate central-force motion and apply it to problems in space mechanics.

- Kinetics of a Particle: Work and Energy

  • To develop the principle of work and energy and apply it to solve problems that involve force, velocity, and displacement.
  • To study problems that involve power and efficiency.
  • To introduce the concept of a conservative force and apply the theorem of conservation of energy to solve kinetic problems.

 - Kinetics of a Particle: Impulse and Momentum

  • To develop the principle of linear impulse and momentum for a particle.
  • To study the conservation of linear momentum for particles.
  • To analyze the mechanics of impact.
  • To introduce the concept of angular impulse and momentum.
  • To solve problems involving steady fluid streams and propulsion with variable mass.

 - Planar Kinematics of a Rigid Body

  • To classify the various types of rigid-body planar motion.
  • To investigate rigid-body translation and show how to analyze motion about a fixed axis.
  • To study planar motion using an absolute motion analysis.
  • To provide a relative motion analysis of velocity and acceleration using a translating frame of reference.

 - Planar Kinetics of a Rigid Body: Force and Acceleration

- Planar Kinetics of a Rigid Body: Work and Energy

- Planar Kinetics of a Rigid Body: Impulse and Momentum


  Course Outcomes:

By the end of this course you will be able to:                 

  • Work particle kinematics and kinetics problems in Cartesian, normal-tangential, and cylindrical coordinates, applying calculus,
  • Analyze dependent motion of particles,
  • Apply the principal of work and energy to particles and rigid bodies in planar motion,
  • Apply the principals of conservation of momentum and of impulse and momentum to particles and rigid bodies in planar motion,
  • Find and use instantaneous centers of zero velocity to solve velocity problems,
  • Solve problems involving direct and eccentric impact, and
  • Find centroids and mass moments of inertia of rigid bodies using calculus.


  All the materials for this course:                                     Materials are copyright of Hibbeler

Ch 12- Kinematics of a Particle                         Practice: Chapter 12 Practice Problems Software on Kinematics of a Particle                                    Flowcharts    

Ch 13- Kinetics of a Particle: Force and Acceleration                        Practice: Chapter 13 Practice Problems

  • Sections 1 to 3
  • Section 4
  • Section 5
  • Section 6                                                                                                                          Practice: Work on Examples 13.10 and 13.11 of Hibbeler’s book

 Ch 14- Kinetics of a Particle: Work and Energy                       Practice: Chapter 14 Practice Problems


 Ch 16- Planar Kinematics of a Rigid Body                               Practice: Chapter 16 Practice Problems

Crank and Slider Video Clips:

 Ch 15- Kinetics of a Particle: Impulse and Momentum                   Practice: Chapter 15 Practice Problems

Video clips prepared by my former student Mark Heeren(find the problems here):

15-1, 15-7, 15-18

 Ch 17- Planar Kinetics of a Rigid Body:

Force and Acceleration                                                Practice: Chapter 17 Practice Problems

  • Section 1      (Just this section is in the final exam, except the integration method)


For your information:

 Take Home Tests/Practice problems:

Practice problems:

Chapter 12- Rectilinear motion: 1, 2 , 3 , 4, 5

Take-home Tests:

Solve the following problems (but do not hand them to me!). These take home tests have no due dates, they are prepared for you to make you ready for the tests.

 First try not to look at the solutions. Time yourself and then check if you have answered the problems correctly.

  Take home tests problems



Solve problems 9, 18, 28, 59, 61, 70 and 75 from chapter 12.


Solve problems 90, 94, 112, 114 from chapter 12.


Solve problems 32, 35, 43, 46, 70, 77, 91, 96, 102, 110 from Ch13.

(these are for those of you who want to learn more)


Solve problems 4, 14, 23, 31, 32, 61, and 91 from Ch14.


Solve problems 48, 49, 57, 58, 101, 102, 114 from Ch 16.

The first two are just for your information and similar problems will not be chosen for your tests.


Solve problems 41, 64, 67 from Ch15.


 Review these Elementary Indefinite Integrals

Review of Calculus


  • Problems are due the week after they are assigned.
  • Problems will be graded only if they are written neatly.
  • Cooperation on understanding and doing the homework is allowed, but the final presentation must be your own (no copying of homework).
  • No late homework! There will be no extension for the due date.
  • For group homework, each group brings just one homework, but all group members should learn how to solve the problems, because you are asked to come and solve it in the class. If you fail to explain the problem well, the whole group members lose few marks, and you will lose the whole mark.
  • Follow the rules for presenting problem solutions written in the following section (Tests, Final Exam).






Group Homework 1*

Ch12: 4, 5, 10, 14, 22, 54, 66, 71


Problem 14: V(av)=0, V(av)=3 and V(ins)=6 m/s as we found in class. Review the graphs.

Group HW 2 **

Ch12: 77, 79, 99, 102, 104, 116,138, 150, 174, 186, 198


Group HW 3

Ch13: 3, 9, 25, 53, 67, 83


Group HW 3a

Solve these 3 problems



You can review these problems for your midterm exam


Group HW 4

Ch16: 1, 15, 32, 35, 44, 51, 67, 69, 59, 95, 107, 108, 118, 127.


Group HW 5

Ch15: 1, 7, 9, 18, 35, 43, 55, 81, 90, 100, 102, 108


Group HW 6

Ch 17: Just 23

Check the problems 11, 15 and 23 (2 of them were handed out)


 (*) Choose a partner for yourself and solve the problems together. Submit one assignment per group. Allocate the time that each of you two spend on the assignments and sign it. If you spend the same amount of time, you can mention it as well (I need to see your names and signatures on the first page when you submit your assignments). You can work alone, if you wish, but remember that working in a group has a higher efficiency.

 (**) Each problem should not take more than 15 minutes. Train yourself to think and write faster!

 (***) Try to work on yourself and be stress-free during your test. Review the lecture notes online and solve the study pack problems.


  Tests- Final Exam:


  1. Neat and appropriate diagrams are required (eg a “Free Body Diagram,” or sketches showing the forces, dimensions, angles, etc).
  2. First write equation in general form (such as ΣF = ma) and then substitute the forces. If a variable represents a vector, the arrow must be included.
  3. When numbers are substituted into equations, include basic units and powers of ten. Correct units should accompany all numbers.
  4. Never calculate a value and then enter it into an equation that is higher up on the page. The person who is checking your work needs to see the sequence of the calculations.
  5. Initial or intermediate calculations must be done more precisely (usually 4 or 5 significant digits) than the answer will show.
  6. Express answers in Engineering Notation, to 3 significant figures (usually), with correct, convenient units.
  7. Either show the angles or calculate the appropriate ones, considering the positive x axis as the starting point and rotating CCW.

 Check the following table and find the information on each mini-test or test and the corresponding date:


 Mini-test or test

Chapter and sections included


More info

Mini-test 1

Ch12: Sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Excluding: v-s and a-s graphs (page 23 and 24)


2 problems, 25 min.

Test 2

Ch12: All sections: 1:10


4 problems,

50 min.

Test 3

Ch13: All sections


2 problems, 25 min.

Midterm exam

Chapters 12, 13 and 14


4 problems, 50 min

Test 4

Chapter 16: all sections


3 problems 1 hour

Test 5

Chapters 15 and 17 (only the sections taught)


3 problems 1 hour

Final Exam

Chapters 15, 16 and 17


5 problems 2 hours



Useful Links:

 Mathematics for Engineering Mechanics

  • Review of Statics:
  1. ENG 2214
  2. SOL