EGM 3401 - Dynamics
Fall 2016

COURSE INSTRUCTOR

Instructor: Dr. Anil V. Rao, MAE-A 314, E-mail: anilvrao@ufl.edu. Tel: 352-392-5523 (Office); (352) 672-1529 (Mobile)

TEACHING ASSISTANTS

Yunus Agamawi
E-mail: yagamawi@ufl.edu

Seong Hyeon Hong
E-mail:
seonghyeonhong@ufl.edu

OFFICE HOURS

Name

Office Hours

Contact Information

Anil Rao
(Instructor)

MWF 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
in MAE-A 314 (or by Appointment)

anilvrao@ufl.edu
Mobile: 352-672-1529

Yunus Agamawi
(Teaching Assistant)

Tuesday and Thursday
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM in NEB 109

yagamawi@ufl.edu

Seong Hyeon Hong
(Teaching Assistant)

Tuesday and Thursday
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM in NEB 109

seonghyeonhong@ufl.edu

COURSE OBJECTIVE AND TOPICS

COURSE OBJECTIVE

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.


COURSE TOPICS


Kinematics or particles and rigid bodies, kinetics or particles, kinetics of a system of particles, kinetics of a rigid body, and principles of work, energy, and momentum.

APPROXIMATE SCHEDULE FOR COVERAGE OF TOPICS

Topic

Kinematics

Kinetics of Particles

Kinetics of a System of Particles

Kinetics of Rigid Bodies

Schedule for Coverage

Weeks 1 Through 3

Weeks 4 Through 7

Weeks 8 Through 9

Weeks 10 Through 14

Note: if for some reason you are unable to make my office hours, you can always schedule an appointment at a time that is mutually agreeable to both you and I.

COURSE LOCATIONS AND CLASS PERIODS

Section 1: MWF Period 7 (1:55 PM to 2:45 PM). Room: Florida Gym 230
Section 2: MWF Period 8 (3:00 PM to 3:50 PM). Room: Pugh Hall 170.

TEXTBOOK

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

LECTURE VIDEOS

Below is a set of lecture videos on engineering dynamics. The lecture videos provide the equivalent content of the actual lecture and can be used as supplemental material.

HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS

The homework assignments are shown below and consist of three (3) theory assignments and seven (7) problem sets. The three theory homework assignments will each be worth four (4) percent of your grade (for a total of 12% of your total grade). The seven problem sets will be each be worth 1.142 percent for a total of 1.142 x 7 = 8 percent of your grade. For each of the problem solving assignments your grade will be based on the grading of one problem that will be chosen at random. Although the entirety of each problem-solving assignment will not be graded, you are expected to do all of the problems on these assignments them because your performance on the exams will depend upon your ability to solve problems. All assignments are due at 5:00 PM on the due date and must be submitted to the homework box that will be placed outside of MAE-A 304.

Assignment
Number

Assignment
Contents

Due
Date

Problem Set #1

2-1, 2-2, 2-3, 2-4, 2-5,
2-8, 2-9, and 2-10
Solutions: Click Here

21 September 2016

Problem Set #2

2-13, 2-15, 2-16, 2-17,
2-19, 2-20, 2-21, and 2-23
Solutions: Click Here

28 September 2016

Theory Assignment #1

Bonus Assignment

3 October 2016

5 October 2016

Problem Set #3

3-1, 3-2, 3-3, 3-5, 3-7, 3-9, 3-10, and 3-11
Solutions: Click Here

12 October 2016

Problem Set #4

3-12, 3-13, 3-17, 3-19, 3-20, 3-22, 3-23, and 3-25
Solutions: Click Here

24 October 2016

Theory Assignment #2

7 November 2016

Problem Set #5

4-1, 4-10, 4-12, 4-15, 4-17
Solutions: Click Here

7 November 2016

Problem Set #6

5-2, 5-3, 5-5, 5-6, 5-7, 5-8, 5-10, 5-11, 5-12, and 5-17
Solutions: Click Here

5 December 2016

Theory Assignment #3

5 December 2016

EXAM SCHEDULE, FORMAT, AND EXPECTATIONS

All exams will be held in the evenings during periods E2 and E3 with a duration of 1 hour 50 minutes for each exam. It is important to note that in this course you will be examined on a balance of both theory and problem solving. Specifically, each exam will consist of 40 percent theory and 60 percent problem-solving. Because of the manner in which the exams are structured, it is extremely important that you understand the theory in addition to just being able to solve problems. Furthermore, 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.

EXAM

EXAM 1: 17 October 2016

EXAM 2: 14 November 2016

EXAM 3: 5 December 2016

ROOMS

RNK 110, CSE 119, and CSE 121

FLG 210, FLG 260, FLG 280

LIT 101 and LIT 109

ATTENDANCE RULES

Regular attendance is expected of all students. In order to ensure attendance, throughout the semester attendance will be randomly taken. If a student is absent from class without a legitimate excuse on any day when attendance was taken, the student will receive a zero for the attendance portion of the course grade. No excuses will be provided for missing a class other than those posted on the official University of Florida Attendance Policies or as found by clicking here.

MAKE-UP EXAM POLICIES

The following list comprises the only legitimate reasons to request an exam make-up or reschedule: (1) a student illness with a note from a physician that the student was ill on the date of the exam; (2) a family emergency that requires immediate attention; (3) in accordance with University of Florida exam policies, a conflict with an exam in another course for which the level of that course number is higher than that of this course (in the event that the level of the other course is the same as that of this course, whichever actual course number is higher will get preference (that is, if the other course is numbered 3402 or higher, then the student will be entitled to reschedule the exam in this course to another date).

COURSE GRADING

Item

Problem Sets

Theory Assignments

Exam 1

Exam 2

Exam 3

Total

Percent Value

7 Percent (7 @ 1 Percent)

18 Percent (3 @ 6 Percent)

25 Percent

25 Percent

25 Percent

100 Percent

GRADING SCALE

Grades in this course are determined using the following scale:

Letter Grade

A

A-

B+

B

B-

C+

C

C-

D+

D

D-

E

Score Range

1 Standard Deviation Above Course Median and Higher

2/3 to 1 Standard Deviation Above Course Median

1/3 to 2/3 Standard Deviation Above Course Median

0 to 1/3 Standard Deviation Above Course Median

0 to 1/3 Standard Deviation Below Course Median

1/3 to 2/3 Standard Deviation Below Course Median

2/3 to 1 Standard Deviation Below Course Median

1 to 1 1/3 Standard Deviation Below Course Median

1 1/3 to 1 2/3 Standard Deviation Below Course Median

1 2/3 to 2 Standard Deviation Below Course Median

2 to 2 1/3 Standard Deviation Below Course Median

2 1/3 Standard Deviation Below Course Median and Lower

  • Given the grading system above, the median grade in the course lies exactly at the boundary between a "B-" and a "B". I reserve the letter grade associated with the median score in the course higher than the boundary between a "B-" and a "B". If the letter grade associated with the median score is increased, then all grades will be increased uniformly by that same amount. For example, if I decide to increase the letter grade associated with the median score in the course from the B-/B boundary (shown above) to the B/B+ boundary, then the letter grades associated with all ranges will be increased by the same amount as the increase in the letter grade associated with the median score in the course. In no case will the letter grade associated with any range be lower than the letter grades shown above.
  • Scores that lie exactly at a boundary between two adjacent ranges will be awarded the higher grade. For example, a final score of exactly 1/3 standard deviation above the median will be awarded a grade of "B" while a final score of exactly 1/3 standard deviation below the median will be awarded a grade of "B-".
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