Spring of 2009
Class hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, , ME 128
Office hours: Wednesday and Thursday , MEB 233 or by appointment
Recitation: Wednesdays, , MEB 128
Prof. Boris I. Yakobson
Office: Mechanical Engineering Building, Room 201¨ 233
Phone: (713) 348-3572
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, 5th Edition.
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 same day. Late homework problems will be assigned half credit. No late homework will be accepted when its due date coincides with a take home test. Each problem is worth 5 points and graded on a scale of 0 to 5. Homework is meant as an exercise and you are encouraged to consult anyone (students, teaching assistants, me) and anything (notes, books, your own experiments) if it helps you to understand the material. However, you may not consult another person's solution to any given problem or solutions from past years. In other words, NO COPYING! You are only hurting yourself by doing so and violating the Honor Code.
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.