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151-0503-00L  Dynamics

SemesterAutumn Semester 2016
LecturersG. Haller, P. Tiso
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish

Catalogue data

AbstractKinematics, dynamics and oscillations: Motion of a single particle - Motion of systems of particles - 2D and 3D motion of rigid bodies Vibrations
ObjectiveThis course provides Bachelor students of mechanical engineering with fundamental knowledge of kinematics and dynamics of mechanical systems. By studying motion of a single particle, systems of particles and rigid bodies, we introduce essential concepts such as work and energy, equations of motion, and forces and torques. Further topics include stability of equilibria and vibrations. Examples presented in the lectures and weekly exercise lessons help students learn basic techniques that are necessary for advanced courses and work on engineering applications.
Content1. Motion of a single particle || Kinematics: trajectory, velocity, acceleration, inertial frame, moving frames - Forces and torques. Active- and reaction forces. - Linear momentum principle, angular momentum principle, work-energy principle - Equations of motion;
2. Motion of systems of particles || Internal and external forces - Linear momentum principle, angular momentum principle, work-energy principle - Rigid body systems of particles; conservative systems
3. 3D motion of rigid bodies || Kinematics: angular velocity, velocity transport formula, instantaneous center of rotation - Linear momentum principle, angular momentum principle, work-energy principle - Parallel axis theorem. Angular momentum transport formula
4. Vibrations || 1-DOF oscillations: natural frequencies, free-, damped-, and forced response - Multi-DOF oscillations: natural frequencies, normal modes, free-, damped-, and forced response - Estimating natural frequencies and mode shapes - Examples
Lecture notesHand-written slides will be downloadable after each lecture.
LiteratureTyped course notes from the previous year
Prerequisites / NoticePlease log in to moodle ( ), search for "Dynamics", and join the course there. All exercises sheets, lecture materials etc. will be uploaded there.

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
In examination block forBachelor's Programme in Civil Engineering 2014; Version 01.08.2016 (Examination Block 1)
Bachelor's Programme in Mechanical Engineering 2010; Version 03.10.2017 (Examination Block 1)
ECTS credits6 credits
ExaminersP. Tiso, G. Haller
Typesession examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationwritten 150 minutes
Additional information on mode of examinationWritten multiple choice exams (2 midterm exams: (Dates will be announced during the course), one final exam). Midterm exams are optional and will count up to 30% of the final grade if they improve the grade of final exam.
Written aidsAll students are provided with a list of formulas (without explanation). No calculators or other resources are allowed.
If the course unit is part of an examination block, the credits are allocated for the successful completion of the whole block.
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

Learning materials

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Only public learning materials are listed.


151-0503-00 VDynamics
Die Vorlesungen beginnen in der 2. Semesterwoche:
Mi 15-17 Uhr im HG F 7 mit Videoübertragung im HG F 5
Do 15-17 Uhr im HG F 7 mit Videoübertragung im HG F 5
4 hrs
Wed15-17HG F 5 »
15-17HG F 7 »
Thu15-17HG F 5 »
15-17HG F 7 »
G. Haller
151-0503-00 UDynamics
Die Übungen beginnen in der 2. Semesterwoche:
Do 8-10 für Maschineningenieurwissenschaften
Fri 14-16 für Bauingenieurwissenschaften
2 hrs
Thu08-10CAB G 61 »
08-10CHN C 14 »
08-10HG D 7.2 »
08-10HG E 1.1 »
08-10HG G 5 »
Fri14-16HCI J 6 »
14-16HPH G 3 »
14-16HPV G 4 »
P. Tiso


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There are no additional restrictions for the registration.

Offered in

Civil Engineering BachelorExamination Block 1OInformation
Human Movement Sciences MasterElectivesWInformation
Mechanical Engineering BachelorExamination Block 1OInformation