Dynamics 034010

Faculty of Mechanical Engineering

Dynamics, (034010)

Spring 2016

(5 credits)



This course provides an introduction to modeling and analysis of dynamic systems, with a focus on the motion of particles, systems of particles, and rigid bodies under the action of forces and moments. Core topics include kinematics of a particle, particle dynamics, particle systems and dynamics of rigid bodies. It will meet weekly for 4 hours of lectures and 2 hours of recitations.

Time and frequency domain solutions to first and second order equations of motion are discussed.



Courses in: Physics 1 (114051), Ordinary Differential Equations (104131), Calculus (104022) and Solid Mechanics (034028) or equivalent.



Prof. Miles B. Rubin, mbrubin@technion.ac.il | website

Prof. Eli Altus, altus@technion.ac.il | website

Office hours: TBD

Teaching Assistant







Additional References

  • Meriam, James L. & Kraige, L. G., “Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics., Vol. 2.,” 6th Ed., Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley, 2010


Course Topics

  • Kinematics of a particle: geometry of motion at different coordinates, angular velocities, moving coordinates, relative speeds and accelerations, and kinematics of rigid bodies).
  • Particle dynamics: motion equations, vibrations, work-energy concepts and conservation laws).
  • Particle systems: (formulation of balance laws, impulse and momentum, mechanical power and kinetic energy, and impact of two particles)
  • Dynamics of rigid bodies: inertia tensor, planar motion, impulse and momentum, a system of rigid bodies, gyroscopic effects and Euler’s laws of motion.



The strength of the university depends on academic and personal integrity. In this course, you must be honest and truthful. Ethical violations include cheating on exams, plagiarism, reuse of assignments, improper use of the Internet and electronic devices, unauthorized collaboration, alteration of graded assignments, forgery and falsification, lying, facilitating academic dishonesty, and unfair competition.