Intro course on the dynamics of mechanical systems: geometry of motion, forces causing motion, and predicting dynamic behavior with computational methods.
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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.
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Professor David Gossard received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from M.I.T. and joined the Mechanical Engineering Department faculty in 1975. His research activities have focused on the areas of computational geometry and solid modeling. Two of his students founded the SolidWorks company. He is an amateur movie-maker and enjoys travel.
Associate Professor Thomas Peacock received his BSc. in Physics from Manchester University and his D.Phil. in Physics from Oxford University. He joined the Mechanical Engineering faculty at MIT in 2003. His research focuses on modeling of environmental flows with a focus on the ocean and he is recipient of an NSF CAREER Award in Physical Oceanography
J. Kim Vandiver
Professor J. Kim Vandiver is MIT's Dean for Undergraduate Research and Director of the Edgerton Center. He founded the Edgerton Center at MIT in 1992 with the vision of providing MIT students with the resources to pursue their own creative projects. The Center runs three student shops, and sponsors many student teams including a solar electric vehicle team, a Formula SAE team and a marine robotics team. He is a professor of mechanical and ocean engineering. His research is on the dynamics of large structures in the ocean, with a special emphasis on flow-induced vibration. He is also involved in D-Lab, which works with partners in developing countries to solve problems in health, clean water, education, energy and agriculture.
Professor Vandiver received his bachelor's degree in engineering in 1968 from Harvey Mudd College of Science and Engineering, his master's degree in Ocean Engineering from MIT, and a Ph.D. in Oceanographic Engineering from the MIT and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in 1975. For fun, he volunteers as a certified flight instructor for gliders.