University of the South Pacific

Course Description

  • Course Name


  • Host University

    University of the South Pacific

  • Location

    Suva, Fiji

  • Area of Study

    Mechanical Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    MM103: Engineering Mechanics

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This course aims at equipping students with the knowledge of the different aspects of dynamics and understanding of the basic methods required to perform kinematics and dynamic analysis on particles and rigid body, and includes topics such as kinematics of particles, rectilinear and curvilinear motion, kinetics of particles: force, mass, acceleration, kinetics of systems of particles and rigid body; planar kinematics of rigid bodies, impulse and momentum, work and energy.
    Course Content
    Motion of a Point:
    - basic concepts, units, kinetics/kinematics definitions;
    - rectilinear motions, curvilinear motions;
    - Cartesian coordinates, normal-tangential coordinates, polar coordinates;
    - relative motions, constrained motion along a line.
    Force, mass & acceleration:
    - Newton's second law, systems of particles;
    - equation of motion, free body diagrams;
    - rectilinear motions, curvilinear motions.
    Kinetics of Particles:
    - Newton's laws;
    - energy methods, conservation of energy;
    - impulse/momentum methods, impacts, angular momentum.
    Rigid Body Motions:
    - rotation about a fixed line, general plane motions;
    - velocities, instantaneous centres of zero velocity;
    - accelerations, motion relative to rotating axes.
    Kinetics of Rigid Bodies:
    - general equations of motion, mass moment of inertia;
    - Newton's Laws of motion - translation, fixed axis rotation and general plane motion.
    Work and Energy Principles:
    - work done by particular forces;
    - energy conservation principles.
    Momentum and Impulse Principles:
    - momentum principles for a system of rigid bodies;
    - conservation of linear momentum;
    - impact problems;
    - angular impulse and momentum.

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