Dynamics

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This introductory course has the same rigor as the regular M.I.T. course of the same name, which is one of the first subjects in M.I.T.'s Mechanical Engineering undergraduate curriculum.

In this course, students will learn to analyze and predict the dynamic behavior of objects and systems, their motions and associated forces, and understand mechanical systems of complexity that are representative of engineering practice.  Students will also analyze the kinematics of mechanisms, understand torque and angular momentum in rigid bodies in rotation, and imbalance in rotating systems. Finally students will derive nonlinear equations of motion for a wide variety of mechanical systems, solve them using numerical methods in MATLAB as well as plot and interpret results.

The course combines a unique blend of rigor and realism to produce fundamental skills in an accessible, entertaining format.

Before your course starts, try the ne...

This introductory course has the same rigor as the regular M.I.T. course of the same name, which is one of the first subjects in M.I.T.'s Mechanical Engineering undergraduate curriculum.

In this course, students will learn to analyze and predict the dynamic behavior of objects and systems, their motions and associated forces, and understand mechanical systems of complexity that are representative of engineering practice.  Students will also analyze the kinematics of mechanisms, understand torque and angular momentum in rigid bodies in rotation, and imbalance in rotating systems. Finally students will derive nonlinear equations of motion for a wide variety of mechanical systems, solve them using numerical methods in MATLAB as well as plot and interpret results.

The course combines a unique blend of rigor and realism to produce fundamental skills in an accessible, entertaining format.

Before your course starts, try the new edX Demo where you can explore the fun, interactive learning environment and virtual labs. Learn more.

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richard neira

10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 4 months ago
It is essential for an engineer
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7 years, 4 months ago
I enrolled this to learn more on the subject matter. Due to a hectic schedule and also doing 8.01x Classical Mechanics at the same time, I was not able to concentrate on this and eventually dropped the course. I hope edX will rerun this course soon after 2.01x Elements of Structures will be completed.
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7 years, 8 months ago
This wonderful introduction to the dynamics of mechanical systems – rolling wheels, swinging arms, spinning amusement-park rides – picks up where standard physics intro courses leave off, and introduces an engineering approach to the analysis of physical systems. Unfortunately it’s only the first half (six weeks) of the live class taught at MIT, but it covers the key foundational topics in dynamics: kinematics, equations of motion, velocity and acceleration in 2D and 3D frames, moments of inertia, and imbalance behavior. Prof. Gossard is an excellent teacher and brings a welcome human touch to a subject where students can easily get lost. He knows exactly when you’re likely to get confused and how to pre-empt it. He’s also articulate, funny, and warm. When he says he chose a carousel problem because he likes going to carnivals, you want to go to one with him. The course consists of a series of video lectures, graded problem sets and ... This wonderful introduction to the dynamics of mechanical systems – rolling wheels, swinging arms, spinning amusement-park rides – picks up where standard physics intro courses leave off, and introduces an engineering approach to the analysis of physical systems. Unfortunately it’s only the first half (six weeks) of the live class taught at MIT, but it covers the key foundational topics in dynamics: kinematics, equations of motion, velocity and acceleration in 2D and 3D frames, moments of inertia, and imbalance behavior. Prof. Gossard is an excellent teacher and brings a welcome human touch to a subject where students can easily get lost. He knows exactly when you’re likely to get confused and how to pre-empt it. He’s also articulate, funny, and warm. When he says he chose a carousel problem because he likes going to carnivals, you want to go to one with him. The course consists of a series of video lectures, graded problem sets and two exams. The lectures were filmed during the live class, which Prof. Gossard teaches using chalk and a series of busily moving blackboards; there are no slides. To take effective notes, therefore, you’ll need either a quick pencil or skill with the Windows snipping tool. Prof. Gossard frequently engages students , and without the social context of a live class, these interactions can sometimes drag a bit (particularly since the students’ responses are generally inaudible). There are consolations, however: the camera often alights and lingers on the classroom hotties, surely by inadvertence, as well as the occasional hippopotamus-like yawn. Prof. Gossard and the staff (particularly the tireless Christina Jaworsky) were supremely dedicated to this course and students’ success in it. They deftly managed some video challenges, Matlab malfunctions and problem-set glitches. Prof. Gossard added “office hours” videos that addressed or reinforced topics that had prompted questions on the discussion board. All in all, a short but well- focused, well-run and well-taught introduction to some fundamental concepts in mechanical engineering.
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7 years, 8 months ago
I am a Mechanical Engineer and Dynamics belongs to my work domain of Computer Aided Engineering. I come across many vibration related applications and we have to understand the mechanics to solve the issues. Dynamics course was very well structured in understanding the rigid body motions in one, two and three dimensions thereby deriving the equations of motions using the conservation laws. I can be more helpful if the getting solution to derived equation of motion can also be included in the same module. Really good course to undertake to improve upon the dynamics fundamentals especially understanding to make free body diagrams and deriving the total degrees of Freedom the system has.
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