Module Identifier MA35510  
Module Title DYNAMICS  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Dr R Jones  
Semester Semester 2  
Pre-Requisite MA24510  
Course delivery Lecture   19 x 1hour lectures  
  Seminars / Tutorials   3 x 1hour example classes  
Assessment Exam   2 Hours (written examination)   100%  
  Resit assessment   2 Hours (written examination)   100%  

General description

This module extends the Newtonian mechanics developed in MA24510 to the motion of a system of interacting particles and rigid bodies. The syllabus will include a brief discussion of the statics of a rigid body, Euler's equations, the motion of a billiard ball and the motion of tops and gyroscopes.


To introduce students to the motion of a rigid body.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, a student should be able to:


1. EQUATIONS OF MOTION OF A SYSTEM OF PARTICLES: Centre of mass, angular momentum, the moment of a force and couples.
2. DEFINITION OF A RIGID BODY: Moments and products of inertia.
3. MOTION OF A RIGID BODY: To include the rolling of spheres, the precession of axi-symmetric bodies and a discussion of the gyrocompass.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
M Lunn. (1991) A First Course in Mechanics. Oxford 0198534337
** Supplementary Text
F Chorlton. (1983) Textbook of Dynamics. 2nd. Ellis Horwood 085312390X
T W B Kibble. (1985) Classical Mechanics. 3rd. McGraw-Hill 0582450233