Phys 270: Rigid body dynamics in two dimensions

Schedule and practical information


Prerequisites: Phys 170.

Time and location: The class takes place MW 8:30 am-10:30 am in Hennings 201. The tutorial is on Friday, same time and place.

Exam: Friday, June 25, 2010, 8:30 am-11:00 am in Hennings 201.

Credits: 2.

Grading: 15% test exams (group work in the tutorials), 25% homework assignments (with Mastering Engineering), 60% final exam.

Homework assignments (Mastering Engineering and Tutorial tests):

Assignment 2: Public Wed May 19, due Mon May 24, 8 am.

Assignment 3: Public Wed May 24, due Mon May 31, 8 am.

Office hour: My office hour is Thursdays 4-5 pm.

Past & future lectures: To browse abstracts click here.

Book: Engineering Mechanics, Statics and Dynamics, by R.C. Hibbeler (UBC custom edition is recommended, but any edition will work).

`Mastering Engineering' software: In addition to Hibbeler's book, you will need Mastering Engineering, a web-based software that will be used for homework assignments. Mastering Engineering can be purchased either in a package with Hibbeler's book or separately.

Course outline


We cover chapters 16 to 18 of Hibbeler's book.

Past & future lectures


Monday, May 10. Rigid body kinematics: Translations, rotations and their combination. (Hibbeler, Chs. 16.2, 16.3, 16.5)

Wednesday, May 12. Instantaneous center of rotation (Hibbeler, Ch. 16.6)

Monday, May 17. Relative motion analysis - Acceleration (Hibbeler, Ch. 16.7)

Wednesday, May 19. Relative motion analysis - rotating axes (Hibbeler, Ch. 16.8)

Monday, May 24. Victoria Day. No lecture.

Wednesday, May 26. Relative motion analysis - rotating axes, continued

Monday, May 31. New topic: Planar Kinetics of a rigid body: Force and acceleration (Hibbeler Ch. 17). We begin with ``Planar kinetic equations of motion'' (Hibbeler, Ch. 17.2)

Wednesday, June 2. Planar kinetic equations of motion (Ch. 17.2) continued. Ch. 17. 3: Translation.

Monday, June 7. The mass moment of inertia (Hibbeler Ch. 17.1). Ch. 17.4: Rotation about a fixed axis.

Wednesday, June 9.Ch. 17.4: Rotation about a fixed axis (continued). Ch. 17.5 General plane motion

Monday, June 14. New topic: Work and Energy (Ch. 18). Sections 18.1 - 18.3: Kinetic energy, work of a force, work of a couple moment.

Wednesday, June 16. Ch. 18.4: Principle of work and energy; Ch. 18.5: Energy conservation.

Friday, June 18. Test exam (in the tutorial)

Monday, June 21. Work and Energy, additional example; Dynamics concepts test (optional)

Wednesday, June 23. Course review + time for questions.

Friday, June 25. Exam 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM