MCEN 2043: Dynamics


Instructor: Prof. Shalom D. Ruben
TA: Luke Reed (OH: Th: 1:45-3:15pm in ECCR 135)
TA: Didier Muvandimwe (OH: W 2-3pm in ECCR 135)
Lecture: M,W,F 4:00-4:50pm
Office: ECME 128
Office Hours: Tu,Th 3-4pm

Covers dynamic behavior of particle systems and rigid bodies; 2-D and 3-D kinematics and kinetics; impulse, momentum, potential, and kinetic energy; and work, collision, and vibration. Prereq., MCEN 2023. Formerly MCEN 3043. Prerequisites: Requires prerequisite courses of MCEN 2023 (or CVEN 2121 or GEEN 3851) & APPM 2350 or MATH 2400. Restricted to students with 27-180 credits (SophomoresJuniorsSeniors) MCEN or EVEN majors or concurrent degree majors in CVEN&EVEN or MCEN.

Textbook Resources

  1. Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics 13th Edition by Hibbeler

Topics Covered

  1. Particle

    1. Kinematics

    2. Kinetics

  2. Rigid Body

    1. Kinematics

    2. Kinetics

Grading Breakdowns

  1. Individual Work (70%)

    1. Midterm 1 (20%) on Feb. 19th

    2. Midterm 2 (20%) on Apr. 2nd

    3. Final Exam (30%)

  2. Group Work (30%)

    1. Homework/Workshops (30%)

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  1. Homework Assignments

  2. Solutions



  1. Assignments must be neat, organized and legible. In plain English: If we cannot read your assignment, you will not get credit for it. Typed assignments are welcome.

  2. At the start of each problem, write out a brief description of the problem including given information and what is to be found. Put a box around all final answers.

  3. Show your work enough to fully demonstrate your understating and your arrival at your answer.

  4. Write on only one side of the paper. Pages must stapled be in order (i.e. following the order in which the problems were assigned).

  5. You only have TWO WEEKS from the return date to question the grading.

In-Class Expectations

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  1. Turn off your cell phones/ don’t text

  2. No laptops during lectures

    1. Unless approved for taking notes

  3. Refrain from having disruptive conversations

Academic Integrity

You will be asked to complete group homework assignments in this course, but it is also expected that you will abide by The University of Colorado Honor Code at all times.

Late Work

No late work will be accepted