Kinematics and Dynamics

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Kinematics and Dynamics

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Mechanical Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    To be successful in this course, students must have a first-year university level knowledge of mathematics (vectors, integration and differentiation), forces, engineering statics and Newton’s laws of motion. Historical evidence shows that students who do not have the prior assumed knowledge, struggle to pass this course. It is strongly recommended that students have prior knowledge of 1501ENG Engineering Mechanics, 1011SCG Mathematics 1A and 1012SCG Mathematics 1B or seek advice from the Course Convenor before enrolling in this course.

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    Course Description:
    Kinematics & Dynamics equips graduates with a solid understanding of the key concepts of mechanics required for design and analysis of mechanisms and mechanical devices. Topics covered include kinematics and dynamics of mechanical components modelled as particles and plane rigid bodies, interconnected objects, rotational dynamics, work and energy methods, translating and rotating coordinate systems, vector methods, three-dimensional dynamics of rigid bodies and an introduction to vibration.

    Course Introduction
    Kinematics refers to the study of motion (linear/angular velocities, accelerations and positions) without reference to forces, while dynamics (or kinetics) takes into account the cause of the motion through application of Newton’s laws. Combining the two enables the engineer to analyse or predict the interaction between forces and motion for mechanical devices and systems.

    Teaching activities include lectures, weekly tutorials and three laboratories. The tutorials each consist of a set of problem-solving exercises designed to reinforce the concepts and analytical techniques explained during the lectures of the previous week. The laboratories are designed to demonstrate concepts such as Newton’s laws of motion, kinetic energy, momentum, angular velocity, and mass-moments of inertia. Important concepts such as plane rigid body dynamics and gyroscopic motion are also featured in the laboratories in order to strengthen the students' understanding of the course material.

    Course Aims
    A firm grasp of the principles of rigid body dynamics is essential to understanding and predicting the mechanical behaviour of machines, industrial robots and other mechanical devices. This course aims to develop the capacity of the prospective engineer to predict the effects of forces and motion on mechanical devices and on individual components within a device. Essential mathematical tools and methods of analysis are refined with the intention of developing competence in application of Newtonian mechanics to representative mechatronic and mechanical engineering problems. The course also aims to develop the capacity to construct mathematical models using free-body diagrams and work from first principles to solve relevant, but technically challenging engineering problems in the field of dynamics.

    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:

    1  Answer questions on the concepts and principles of mechanics
    2  Construct meaningful mathematical models of motion and forces in practical mechanical devices
    3  Solve representative problems related to engineering dynamics
    4  Interpret and compare calculations with measurements from practical experiments

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.