EML 5215 - Analytical Dynamics
Fall 2018

COURSE INSTRUCTOR

Instructor: Dr. Anil V. Rao, MAE-A 314, E-mail: anilvrao@ufl.edu. Tel: 352-392-5523 (Office); (352) 672-1529 (Mobile, for Calls and Texts). All contact methods are acceptable!

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 both from a Newton-Euler approach and from an analytical mechanics approach. The course provides a rigorous introduction to kinematics of particles and rigid bodies, kinetics of a particle and kinetics of a system of particles, kinetics of a rigid body, and an introduction to analytical mechanics. The courses emphasizes a combination of theory and demonstration of the theory on problems of interest.

IMPORTANT NOTE

I consider it an honor and a privilege to be able to teach all of you, and I intend to provide the best instruction possible in order to enable you to learn the material well. If you cannot make office hours, please contact me and we will set up a time for you to get help. Regardless of how busy I am with other things, I will do what I am able to make myself available.

COURSE TOPICS

Kinematics of particles and rigid bodies, kinetics or particles, kinetics of a system of particles, kinetics of a rigid body, work, energy, and momentum, and analytical dynamics including Lagrange's equations and Hamiltonian forms.

APPROXIMATE SCHEDULE FOR COVERAGE OF TOPICS

Topic

Kinematics

Kinetics of Particles

Kinetics of a System of Particles

Kinetics of Rigid Bodies

Analytical Dynamics

Schedule for Coverage

Weeks 1 Through 2

Weeks 3 Through 4

Weeks 5 and 6

Weeks 7 Through 8

Weeks 9 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

MWF Period 7 (1:55 PM to 2:45 PM). Room: CSE E-118

OFFICE HOURS

Name

Office Hours

Contact Information


Anil Rao
(Instructor)

MWF:
10:50 AM - 12:00 PM
(or by appointment*)
Reitz Union Food Court

E-mail: anilvrao@ufl.edu
Mobile: (352) 672-1529
Office: (352) 392-5523
(Please Call or Text Mobile)

*Please do not hesitate to contact me by e-mail, mobile phone, or text message if you need help!

TEXTBOOK AND TEXTBOOK SUPPLEMENT

1. Rao, A. V., Dynamics of Particles and Rigid Bodies: A Systematic Approach, Cambridge University Press, 2006.
2. Rao, A. V.,
Dynamics of Particles and Rigid Bodies: A Systematic Approach. Chapter on Lagrange's Equations. To Be Distributed Electronically to All Students.

RECOMMENDED SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIAL

Greenwood, D. T., Principles of Dynamics, Second Edition, Prentice-Hall, 1988. ASIN (Amazon Standard Identification Number): B00YQ8YT86

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

This class has no assigned homework. All topics studied in this course are eligible for testing on either the midterm or final exams (see "Exams" below). Students are expected to keep up with material by completing the problems in the book.

EXAMS

EXAM FORMAT


This course will have two exams: a midterm and a final. Both exams are take-home exams. The midterm exam will consist of problems on the material up to an including the first half of the course. The final exam will emphasize material in the second half of the course but will be cumulative due to the cumulative nature of the material. Both exams will be full day (seven hour) take-home exams. Students will be required to upload exams via Canvas.

MATERIALS PERMITTED FOR USE DURING EXAMS

Students are permitted to use any resource desired to assist in completing the exam but are not permitted to discuss the exam with anyone else either in the course or outside of the course (with the exception of communications with the instructor).

EXAM

EXAM 1: 16 October 2018
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Exam 2: 6 December 2018
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

SUBMISSION

Via Canvas

Via Canvas

ATTENDANCE RULES

All attendance rules will be follow the official University of Florida Attendance Policies as found by clicking here.

MAKE-UP EXAM POLICIES

Make-up exams will be given only in the case of an illness with a physician's note or a documented emergency. A grade of zero will be assigned for any reason other than the eligible reasons for a make-up exam.

COURSE GRADING

Item

Exam 1

Exam 2

Total

Percent Value

50 Percent

50 Percent

100 Percent

IMPORTANT NOTE: The unannounced in-class quizzes are purely for attendance purposes. As such, these in-class quizzes will not be graded (they are purely self-diagnostic so that each of you can get a sense as to whether or not you understand a particular concept), but missing a quiz on account of an unexcused absence will result in a lowering of a student's final grade in the manner described above (that is, a deduction of one step for each missed quiz on account of an unexcused absence).

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

96 to 100

92 to 96

88 to 92

84 to 88

80 to 84

76 to 80

72 to 76

68 to 72

64 to 68

60 to 64

56 to 60

Below 56

NOTES ON ASSIGNMENT OF FINAL LETTER GRADES

  • I reserve the right to increase a letter grade associated with any of the ranges shown above, but no letter grade will be lower than that shown in the grading scale above.
  • Scores that lie exactly at a boundary between two adjacent ranges will be awarded the higher grade. For example, if the final score is an 80, then the final grade will be a "B-".
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