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Unit description

Introduces students to the fundamentals of motion of particles and rigid bodies in a plane under the action of kinematic constraints, forces, couples and impacts. Students undertake individual modelling and analysis of mechanical examples and work in small groups on laboratory experiments.

Unit content

Plane rectilinear and curvilinear motion of a particle

Relative motion

Dynamics of particles

Orbital mechanics

Work, kinetic and potential energy

Impulse, linear momentum and impact

Planar kinematics of rigid bodies

Planar dynamics of rigid bodies

Work-energy principle for rigid bodies

Impulse-momentum principle for rigid bodies

Learning outcomes

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Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Prescribed book: Hibbeler, RC , 2015, Engineering mechanics. Dynamics , 14th edn, Pearson. ISBN: 9780133915389.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 3 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 1 hour (8 weeks)
Laboratory session 1 hour (4 weeks)
Laboratory Reports20%
Exam: open book55%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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