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What to Know

Dynamics can be described as the study of the motions of bodies, along with the forces that accompany or cause these motions. We separate this discipline into two separate, but related, branches. Kinematics is strictly involved with the motion, i.e., considerations of space and time without regard to the forces that produce this motion. Kinetics, the complementary branch, deals with the relationship between force and motion. In a sense, kinematics describes the possible motion, or the allowable position, velocity, and accelerations. Kinetics, on the other hand, involves the specific motion undergone by a system when acted on by given forces.

Goals and Objectives

The objective of this course is for students to learn to relate force and motion, thus developing equations of motion that can be used for prediction and design, and to develop an understanding of the behavior of engineering systems.


This class requires the following knowledge:
  • Statics;
  • Derivatives of simple functions;
  • Linear algebra;
These topics were presented in Statics, Calculus I, and Calculus II.


When this class is over, you should understand the following concepts:
  • Development of equations of motion for mechanical systems

ABET Outcomes

This course is expected to significantly contribute to ABET outcomes 1, 5, and 11, while addressing outcomes 4, 7, and 9 to a lesser degree:
  1. Apply energy, momentum, continuity, state and constitutive equations
  2. Design and perform laboratory experiments for thermal, fluid and mechanical systems to gather data and test theories
  3. Design thermal, fluid, mechanical and control systems
  4. Participate effectively in same-discipline and cross-disciplinary groups
  5. Identify, formulate, and solve thermal, fluid, and mechanical engineering problems by applying first principles, including open-ended problems
  6. Develop practical solutions for mechanical engineering problems under professional and ethical constraints
  7. Communicate effectively with written, oral, and visual means
  8. Recognize the fact that solutions may sometimes require non-engineering considerations such as art and impact on society
  9. Be prepared for a lifetime of continuing education
  10. Recognize environmental constraints and safety issues in engineering
  11. An ability to use modern modeling and simulation techniques, and computing tools
The complete list of ABET outcomes and objectives for the ME program is also available.

Class Information

Professor Dr. D. Dane Quinn (
ASEC (North) 313b
Lectures 4600:203-001 M,W,F 1:10-2:00pm; Olin 123A
4600:203-002 M,W,F 8:50-9:40am; Knight Che 321
Problem Session 4600:203-010 Tu 1:10-2:00pm; Olin 113
4600:203-020 F 1:10-2:00pm; Polsky 455
Office Hours tba
Text R. C. Hibbeler
Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics
13th edition, Pearson Prentice Hall, New Jersey, 2012
TA Shihao Wen,
ASEC (North) 000