Course Syllabus

Spring of 2009

Class hours: Monday,
Wednesday and Friday,

Office hours: Wednesday and
Thursday

Recitation: Wednesdays,

web-site: http://www.owlnet.rice.edu/~mech211

Prof. Boris I. Yakobson

Office: Mechanical
Engineering Building, Room 201¨
233

Phone: (713)
348-3572

Email:

Classical
Newtonian mechanics. The three main topics are static
equilibrium of a rigid body, dynamics of a particle or system of particles and
planar dynamics of a rigid body.
The course will build on concepts introduced in PHYS 101.

Anthony
Bedford and Wallace Fowler, *Engineering Mechanics - Statics
& Dynamics*, Prentice Hall, 5^{th} Edition.

Homework 25%

Test
1 25% (take-home)

Test
2 25% (take home)

Test
3 25% (take home)

Homework will be assigned
each week on the last class of the week (usually Friday). It will be due on the last **class of the following week** (usually
the next Friday), or dropped in a **Box
outside of MEB 233** office no later than

Three non-comprehensive
tests will be given, corresponding to the three major topics of the
course. The tests will be assigned
on a Friday and will be due at the beginning of the next class. Tests are taken under the Rice Honor
Code system. You may only consult
the textbook (Bedford and Fowler), any materials posted on the classÕ website,
and any notes that *you* have personally taken. You may use a calculator, including
programmable calculators. The test
must be taken during a 3-hour period, with an optional single 30-minute break.

**Jan 5 **Introduction, course logistics

**Jan 7** Units,
vectors - Ch. 1

**Jan 9 **Vector algebra - Ch. 2

**Jan 12** Forces, Concurrent Forces,
Moments - Chs. 3,4

**Jan 19** MARTIN
LUTHER KING, JR DAY, no classes

**Feb**** 23** Single particle dynamics analysis - Chs. 13-16

**Feb**** 25** Single particle dynamics analysis - Chs. 13-16

**Feb 27 **Single particle dynamics analysis

**Mar 1-7 **MIDTERM RECESS, no classes

**Mar**** 9 **Particle systems
- Chs. 14-16

**Mar**** 11** Particle system dynamics analysis - Chs. 14-16

**Mar 13 **Impact - Section 16.3

**Mar 16 **Impact cont'd- Section 16.3

**Mar 18 **Particle Dynamics Review

**Mar 20 **Planar kinematics of rigid bodies - Ch. 17, TEST 2

**Mar 23 **Method of relative velocity and acceleration -
Sections 17.3,17.6

**Mar 25 **Instant center
of velocity.

Absolute
and relative derivatives

Rotating
reference frame - Section 17.6

**Mar 27 **Rotating reference frame (cont'd) - Section 17.6

**Mar 30 **Planar rigid body dynamics - Ch. 18

**Apr 6 **Rigid body translation and rotation** **- Ch. 18

**Apr 8 **Rigid body work and energy - Ch. 19

**Apr 10 **Rigid body impulse and momentum - Ch. 19

**Apr 13 **Rigid body impacts - Section 19.6

**Apr
15 **Rigid body
dynamics analysis - Chs. 17-19

**Apr 17 **Rigid body dynamics analysis, cont'd - Chs. 17-19, TEST 3

Any student with a disability requiring accommodations
in this course is encouraged to contact me after class or during office
hours. Additionally, students should
contact Disabled Student Services at the Ley Student
Center.