AAE50700 - Principles of DynamicsFall 2017
Days/Time: MWF / TBA
Credit Hours: 3
Students will benefit from this more mathematical viewpoint of dynamics, which begins with Lagrange's equations. Analytic solutions for rigid body dynamics reveal the behavior of the system to the student and clarify the meaning of the equations of motion. Finally, the student is introduced to the elegant and powerful concepts of the variational principles of dynamics.
Kinematics, fundamental laws of mechanics, constraints, and generalized coordinates. Lagrange's equations, virtual work. Application to particle dynamics, rigid body motion, and spacecraft dynamics.
Lagrange's Equations; Rigid Body Dynamics and Analytic Solutions; Spacecraft Dynamics; Introduction to Variational Principles of Mechanics.
A solid foundation in vectorial mechanics (Newton's laws) and rigid body dynamics (Euler's equations of motion, Euler angles) is required.
Syllabus, grades, lecture notes, homework assignments, solutions and quizzes.
Grading is weighted 20% on homework, 20% on a project, and 60% on three in-class exams. Homework can be submitted via WebCT.
A term paper on a topic selected by the student and approved by the instructor.
Three 50 min exams, no final exam.
Required--Greenwood, D. T., "Principles of Dynamics", Second Edition, Prentice-Hall, Inc., Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, 1988 0-013-709981-9.
ProEd Minimum Computer Requirements. MATLAB via Purdue GoRemote (http://goremote.ics.purdue.edu).
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