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16.07 Dynamics

As taught in: Fall 2009

An orthographic projection of a swiveling pulley.

An assembly experiencing multi-axial rotation. (Image by MIT OpenCourseWare.)




Prof. Sheila Widnall

Prof. John Deyst

Prof. Edward Greitzer

Course Features

Course Description

This course covers the fundamentals of Newtonian mechanics, including kinematics, motion relative to accelerated reference frames, work and energy, impulse and momentum, 2D and 3D rigid body dynamics. The course pays special attention to applications in aerospace engineering including introductory topics in orbital mechanics, flight dynamics, inertial navigation and attitude dynamics. By the end of the semester, students should be able to construct idealized (particle and rigid body) dynamical models and predict model response to applied forces using Newtonian mechanics.