Unit code: NEM2202 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
NEF1102 - Engineering Physics 1; and
NEF1201 - Engineering Mathematics 2; and
NEF1104 - Problem Solving for Engineers; and
NEF1205 - Engineering Fundamentals
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This unit of study aims to give students an understanding of principles of engineering dynamics including particle dynamics and rigid body dynamics (kinematics and kinetics) in two and three-dimensional space, as well as to develop problem solving and fundamental experimental skills. It covers the following topics. Introduction to dynamics, Kinematics of particles - rectilinear and plane curvilinear motion co-ordinates systems, 3-D curvilinear motion and relative motion. Plane kinematics of rigid bodies - rectilinear and plane curvilinear motion, relative velocity, instantaneous centre of zero velocity, relative acceleration, space curvilinear motion. Kinetics of particles - Newton's law, work and energy, impulse and momentum. Plane kinetics of rigid bodies - moments and products of inertia, Newton's law, work and energy, impulse and momentum. Three-dimensional dynamics of rigid bodies - kinematics, kinetics, gyroscopic motion.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Apply fundamental knowledge to solve problems related to particle dynamics and rigid body dynamics in two and three-dimensional space;
  2. Solve a wide range of problems using kinematics of particles, plane kinematics of rigid bodies, kinetics of particles, plane kinetics of rigid bodies and three-dimensional kinematics and kinetics of rigid bodies;
  3. Communicate effectively and work as effective members of a team; and
  4. Apply experimental techniques to real world engineering problems.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 5%
Online Quiz
Assessment type: Report
Grade: 35%
Lab Reports (2 Group submissions)
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 60%
Tests (2 x 2hr written invigilated tests)

Required reading

Engineering mechanics: Dynamics
Meriam J.L., & Kraige L.G.| John Wiley and Sons

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