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An Integrated Approach For The Engineering Dynamics Course

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



Conference Session

Trends in Mechanics Education

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9.184.1 - 9.184.7

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S. Ibrahim

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Session 1168


S. R. Ibrahim

Professor of Mechanical Engineering Old Dominion University Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.A


This paper aims at studying the feasibility of a new approach for teaching the dynamics course, which is usually taught in the sophomore year of engineering curriculum. The new proposed approach is an integrated one, which will be designed to offer the general concept from which the special cases are easily addressed. The concept of rigid body dynamics will be first introduced as the general theory. Particle dynamics is then shown to be a special case of rigid body dynamics.

The suggested approach should be more direct, eliminates needless duplication and compartmentalization, avoids confusion and the perceptions of nonexistent differences and ultimately makes for effective learning and better understanding of the subject.

The contents of the dynamics course will be redesigned into a prototype to include four main sections, or chapters:

a) Kinematics, b) Kinetics - Force and Acceleration, c) Kinetics - Work and Energy, d) Kinetics – Impulse and Momentum.

This is compared to the current methods that include eight sections, four for particles and then four for rigid bodies.

Theory derivations and application problems are to be revised to fit the new general and integrated approach.

The proposed concept is expected to save valuable time, which will be utilized to introduce more applications and practice on rigid body dynamics.

Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2004, American Society for Engineering Education

Ibrahim, S. (2004, June), An Integrated Approach For The Engineering Dynamics Course Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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