An Introduction to Three-Dimensional, Rigid Body Dynamics
Below are links to a set of PDF files which together provide an introduction to three-dimensional, rigid body dynamics. The files are separated into two volumes. Volume I provides ten units of introduction to rigid body kinematics. The units of Volume II are currently being written and will provide an introduction to rigid body kinetics.
Much of the content presented in these files is also contained in PDF files accessible on the Course Notes pages for ME 5550 and ME 6590. The current files are built from and extend the notes presented on the Course Notes pages.
The contents of these files are free; however, many of the PDF files are password protected. The first three files have no password protection. The others are password protected. If you would like access to the password protected files, send an email request to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. The password is provided at no cost.
The PDF files can be opened and read in any PDF viewer/reader application. In my experience, some of the viewers work better than others, so you may want to try different viewers to optimize your experience.
Volume I: Kinematics
Volume II: Kinetics