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AAE50700 - Principles of Dynamics

Fall 2015

Days/Time: MWF / TBA
Credit Hours: 3

Learning Objective:
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.

Description:
Kinematics, fundamental laws of mechanics, constraints, and generalized coordinates. Lagrange's equations, virtual work. Application to particle dynamics, rigid body motion, and spacecraft dynamics.

Topics Covered:
Lagrange's Equations; Rigid Body Dynamics and Analytic Solutions; Spacecraft Dynamics; Introduction to Variational Principles of Mechanics.

Prerequisites:
A solid foundation in vectorical mechanics (Newton's laws) and rigid body dynamics (Euler's equations of motion, Euler angles) is required.

Applied/Theory: 30/70

Web Address:
http://www.itap.purdue.edu/learning/tools/blackboard/

Web Content:
Syllabus, grades, lecture notes, homework assignments, solutions and quizzes.

Homework:
Grading is weighted 20% on homework, 20% on a project, and 60% on three in-class exams. Homework can be submitted via WebCT.

Projects:
A term paper on a topic selected by the student and approved by the instructor.

Exams:
Three 50 min exams, no final exam.

Textbooks:
Required--Greenwood, D. T., "Principles of Dynamics", Second Edition, Prentice-Hall, Inc., Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, 1988 0-013-709981-9.

Computer Requirements:
ProEd Minimum Computer Requirements. MATLAB via Purdue GoRemote (http://goremote.ics.purdue.edu).

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James M. Longuski
Phone
765-494-5139
Email
longuski@purdue.edu
Office
Purdue University
Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering, Rm. 3220
701 W Stadium Ave
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2045
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765-494-0307
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