S. J. Ying, Professor, Rm. 131, Engineering Bldg., 974-5627

**INTRODUCTION**

The purpose of the course is for the broadening of knowledge in dynamics. Dynamics is the foundation for mechanical engineering science. I usually like to say that if you are good in dynamics you will be good in all the other courses. Many scientists actually built their foundation on dynamics. Therefore, this course is designed as a required course for graduate students. Through this course at least you will be able to read most papers published in journals. Futhermore I hope that you will be able to do research work in the related areas such as mechanisms in space stations and robotics. The contents of the course are

1. Fundamental Principles

2. The Methods of Lagrange and Hamilton

3. Variational Principles

4. Central Forces

5. Matrices, Tensors and Rotation Operators

6. The Physics of Rotation

7. The Theory of Relativity

**Text Book**: S. J. Ying, "Advanced Dynamics", AIAA Education Series, Reston, VA 1997.

**References**:

Goldstein, H. "Classical Mechanics" Addison Wesley, 2nd edition 1980.

Moore, E.N. "Theoretical Mechanics" John Wiley & Sons, 1983

Greenwood, D.T. "Principles of Dynamics" Prentice hall, 1988

**Grading System**:

Home works 10%

Tests (6th and 12th wks) 40%

Final Examination 50%

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