FALL 2014


Course Instructor: Dr. Anil V. Rao, MAE-A 314, E-mail: Tel: 352-392-5523 (Office)


Kathryn Graham:
Anh Nguyen:
Seong Hong:




Lecture Time: MWF Period 2 (8:30 AM to 9:20 AM)
Room: Turlington L011

Discussion Time: Th Period 5 (11:45 AM to 12:35 PM)
Room: NEB 100


Kinematics of particles and rigid bodies. Kinetics of particles and a system of particles. Kinetics of rigid bodies. Principle of work, energy, and momentum.


Rao, A. V.,
Dynamics of Particles and Rigid Bodies: A Systematic Approach, Cambridge University Press, 2006.


The objective of this course is to provide a thorough and systematic introduction to the subject of dynamics of particles and rigid bodies using a Newton-Euler approach. The course provides a rigorous introduction to kinematics of particles and rigid bodies, kinetics of a particle, kinetics of a system of particles, and kinetics of a rigid body. All development is done in a coordinate-free manner and will be applied to examples in a way that provides insight into the structure of the underlying physical process.


Homework #1

Chapter 2 Problems 2-1, 2-2, 2-3, 2-4, 2-5, 2-8, 2-9, and 2-10.
Due: 17 September 2014

Homework #2
Chapter 2 Problems 2-13, 2-15, 2-16, 2-17, 2-19, 2-20, 2-21, and 2-23.
Due: 26 September 2013

Homework #3
Chapter 3 Problems 3-1, 3-2, 3-3, 3-5, 3-7, 3-9, 3-10, and 3-11.
Due: 8 October 2014

Homework #4
Chapter 3 Problems 3-12, 3-13, 3-17, 3-19, 3-20, 3-22, 3-23, and 3-25.
Due: 22 October 2014
Homework #4 Solutions

Homework #5
Chapter 4 Problems 4-1, 4-10, 4-12, 4-15, 4-17.
Due: 5 November 2014

Homework #6
Chapter 5 Problems 5-2, 5-3, 5-4, 5-5, 5-6, 5-7, 5-8, 5-10, and 5-11.
Due: 19 November 2014

Homework #7
Chapter 5 Problems 5-12, 5-16, 5-17, 5-19, 5-21, 5-22, 5-25, and 5-27.
Due: 3 December 2014


Homework will not be collected in this course and has a value of zero. That being said, it is extremely important that you do the homework because the questions on the exams will be a strong reflection of the questions on the homework (in fact, most of the homework problems are previous exam questions!). In addition, because the homework questions take a great deal of time and thought, I urge each of you to do the assignments on the schedule I provide and not wait until the last minute to complete the assignments. If you procrastinate on completing the homework assignments, it will be reflected in your exam and quiz scores.


The exam schedule for the course is given below. All exams are
open book and open notes.

Exam 1: Date: 15 October 2014. Location: In Class. Duration: 1 Hour.
Exam 2: Date: 12 November 2014. Location: Turlington L007. Duration: 1 Hour, 50 Minutes.
Exam 3: Date: 8 December 2014. Location: CSE A101. Duration: 1 Hour, 50 Minutes.

Unscheduled Quizzes: In addition to the three in class exams, there will be unscheduled quizzes given in class throughout the semester. In other words, quizzes whose dates are not scheduled in advance will be given at randomly chosen points during the semester. The duration of any particular quiz depends upon how long I choose to make it, but all quizzes will be one class period or less. Finally, the number of unscheduled quizzes will not be given in advance; I reserve the right to give a quiz during any class period.


The grading for the course is as follows:

Homework: 0 %
Exam 1: 30 %
Exam 2: 30 %
Exam 3: 30 %
Quizzes: 10 %
TOTAL: 100 %

In addition, the following
deductions will be applied to your grade if you miss one or more of the unscheduled quizzes:

First Missed Quiz: No Deduction
Second Missed Quiz: Deduction by Two Steps (for example, and “A-“ will be come a “B”; a “B” will become a “C+“)
Third Missed Quiz and Beyond: One Full Letter Grade for Each Quiz Missed After the Second Quiz


The grading scale (before quiz penalty deductions) is as follows:
A: 94 to 100
A-: 90 to 93.99
B+: 85 to 89.99
B: 80 to 84.99
B-: 75 to 79.99
C+: 70 to 74.99
C: 65 to 69.99
C-: 60 to 64.99
D+: 55 to 59.99
D: 50 to 54.99
D-: 45 to 49.99
E: Less Than 45

NOTE: I reserve the right to
lower the cutoffs from those listed above. Specifically, I could reduce the lower limit for a particular grade (for example, I could make the cutoff for a B+ an 80 as opposed to the 84.99 shown above). I will, however, never raise the cutoffs.


Regular attendance is expected of all students. No excuses for missing an exam or a quiz other than those posted on the official University of Florida Attendance Policies or as found by clicking here.


I have zero tolerance for cheating on exams and quizzes. Anyone found to have cheated on an exam will receive an automatic “E” in the course and the incident will be reported to the appropriate authorities at the University of Florida.

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