James W. Kamman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Emeritus
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Western Michigan University
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ME 2580 Dynamics: Selected Course Notes

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  1. Rectilinear Motion

  2. Acceleration Profiles

  3. Acceleration Profiles - A Second Example

  4. Curvilinear Motion - Rectangular Components

  5. Curvilinear Motion - Normal and Tangential Components

  6. Curvilinear Motion - Radial and Transverse (Cylindrical) Components

  7. Pulley Problems

  8. Relative Motion

  9. Kinetics of Particles: Newton's Second Law

  10. Principle of Work and Energy for Particles

  11. Power and Efficiency for Particles

  12. Conservation of Energy for Particles

  13. Linear Impulse & Momentum for Particles

  14. Conservation of Momentum for Particles

  15. Impact of Particles

  16. Introduction to Rigid Body Kinematics

  17. Two-Dimensional Fixed Axis Rotation (Pure Rotational Motion)

  18. Relative Velocity of Two Points Fixed on a Rigid Body

  19. Instantaneous Centers of Zero Velocity

  20. Relative Acceleration of Two Points Fixed on a Rigid Body

  21. Point Moving on a Rotating Rigid Body

  22. Center of Mass (2D)

  23. Mass Moments of Inertia (2D)

  24. Angular Momentum of a Rigid Body in Two Dimensions

  25. Newton's Equations of Motion for Rotational & Translational Motion (2D)

  26. Work & Energy Principles for Planar Rigid Body Motion

  27. Principle of Impulse & Momentum for Planar Rigid Body Motion

  28. Conservation of Momentum and Impact for Planar Rigid Body Motion

  29. Introduction to Vibrations