Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics
7th Edition

Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics
J. L. Meriam
L. G. Kraige

© 2012

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Topics covered

Part 1 Dynamics of Particles

Chapter 1: Introduction to Dynamics

History and Modern Applications

  1. Basic Concepts
  2. Newton's Laws
  3. Units
  4. Gravitation
  5. Dimensions
  6. Solving Problems in Dynamics
  7. Chapter Review

Chapter 2: Kinematics of Particles

  1. Introduction
  2. Rectilinear Motion
  3. Plane Curvilinear Motion
  4. Rectangular Coordinates (x-y)
  5. Normal and Tangential Coordinates (n-t)
  6. Polar Coordinates (r-?)
  7. Space Curvilinear Motion
  8. Relative Motion (Translating Axes)
  9. Constrained Motion of Connected Particles
  10. Chapter Review

Chapter 3: Kinetics of Particles

  1. Introduction

Section A: Force, Mass, and Acceleration

  1. Newton's Second Law
  2. Equation of Motion and Solution of Problems
  3. Rectilinear Motion
  4. Curvilinear Motion

Section B: Work and Energy

  1. Work and Kinetic Energy
  2. Potential Energy

Section C: Impulse and Momentum

  1. Introduction
  2. Linear Impulse and Linear Momentum
  3. Angular Impulse and Angular Momentum

Section D: Special Applications

  1. Introduction
  2. Impact
  3. Central-Force Motion
  4. Relative Motion
  5. Chapter Review

Chapter 4: Kinetics of Systems of Particles

  1. Introduction
  2. Generalised Newton's Second Law
  3. Work-Energy
  4. Impulse-Momentum
  5. Conservation of Energy and Momentum
  6. Steady Mass Flow
  7. Variable Mass
  8. Chapter Review

Part 2 Dynamics of Rigid Bodies

Chapter 5: Plane Kinematics of Rigid Bodies

  1. Introduction
  2. Rotation
  3. Absolute Motion
  4. Relative Velocity
  5. Instantaneous Center of Zero Velocity
  6. Relative Acceleration
  7. Motion Relative to Rotating Axes
  8. Chapter Review

Chapter 6: Plane Kinetics of Rigid Bodies

  1. Introduction

Section A: Force, Mass, and Acceleration

  1. General Equations of Motion
  2. Translation
  3. Fixed-Axis Rotation
  4. General Plane Motion

Section B: Work and Energy

  1. Work-Energy Relations
  2. Acceleration from Work-Energy; Virtual Work

Section C: Impulse and Momentum

  1. Impulse-Momentum Equations
  2. Chapter Review

Chapter 7: Introduction to Three-Dimensional Dynamics of Rigid Bodies

  1. Introduction

Section A: Kinematics

  1. Translation
  2. Fixed-Axis Rotation
  3. Parallel-Plane Motion
  4. Rotation about a Fixed Point
  5. General Motion

Section B: Kinetics

  1. Angular Momentum
  2. Kinetic Energy
  3. Momentum and Energy Equations of Motion
  4. Parallel-Plane Motion
  5. Gyroscopic Motion: Steady Precession
  6. Chapter Review

Chapter 8: Vibration and Time Response

  1. Introduction
  2. Free Vibration of Particles
  3. Forced Vibration of Particles
  4. Vibration of Rigid Bodies
  5. Energy Methods
  6. Chapter Review

Appendix A: Area Moments of Inertia

Appendix B: Mass Moments of Inertia

B.1 Mass Moments of Inertia about an Axis

B.2 Products of Inertia

Appendix C: Selected Topics of Mathematics

C.1 Introduction

C.2 Plane Geometry

C.3 Solid Geometry

C.4 Algebra

C.5 Analytic Geometry

C.6 Trigonometry

C.7 Vector Operations

C.8 Series

C.9 Derivatives

C.10 Integrals

C.11 Newton's Method for Solving Intractable Equations

C.12 Selected Techniques for Numerical Integration

Appendix D: Useful Tables

Table D.1 Physical Properties

Table D.2 Solar System Constants

Table D.3 Properties of Plane Figures

Table D.4 Properties of Homogeneous Solids


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