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Georgia Institute of Technology

Engineering Systems in Motion: Dynamics of Particles and Bodies in 2D Motion

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This course is an introduction to the study of bodies in motion as applied to engineering systems and structures. We will study the dynamics of particle motion and bodies in rigid planar (2D) motion. This will consist of both the kinematics and kinetics of motion. Kinematics deals with the geometrical aspects of motion describing position, velocity, and acceleration, all as a function of time. Kinetics is the study of forces acting on these bodies and how it affects their motion.
Recommended Background:

To be successful in the course you will need to have mastered basic engineering mechanics concepts and to have successfully completed my courses en titled an “Introduction to Engineering Mechanics” and “Applications in Engineering Mechanics.” We will apply many of the engineering fundamentals learned in those classes and you will need those skills before attempting this course.

Suggested Readings:

While no specific textbook is required, this course is designed to be compatible with any standard engineering dynamics textbook. You will find a book like this useful as a reference and for completing additional practice problems to enhance your learning of the material.

The copyright of all content and materials in this course are owned by either the Georgia Tech Research Corporation or Dr. Wayne Whiteman. By participating in the course or using the content or materials, whether in whole or in part, you agree that you may download and use any content and/or material in this course for your own personal, non-commercial use only in a manner consistent with a student of any academic course. Any other use of the content and materials, including use by other academic universities or entities, is prohibited without express written permission of the Georgia Tech Research Corporation. Interested parties may contact Dr. Wayne Whiteman directly for information regarding the procedure to obtain a non-exclusive license.


  • Course Introduction; Particle Kinematics; Particle Kinetics – Newton’s Laws and Euler’s Laws; Motion of Particles and Mass Centers of Bodies
    • In this section students will learn about particle kinematics, Newton's Laws and Euler's Laws, motion of particles and mass centers of bodies.
  • Work-Energy Principle for Particles/Systems of Particles
    • In this section students will learn the work-energy principle for particles/systems of particles, impulse and momentum, impact, conservation of momentum and Euler's 2nd Law - Moment of momentum.
  • Planar (2D) Rigid Body Kinematics I
    • In this section students will learn about planar (2D) rigid body kinematics, relative velocity equation, rotation about a fixed axis, instantaneous center of zero velocity, and relative acceleration equations.
  • Planar (2D) Rigid Body Kinematics II
    • In this section students will continue to learn about planar (2D) rigid body kinematics, relative velocity equation, rotation about a fixed axis, instantaneous center of zero velocity, and relative acceleration equations.
  • Planar (2D) Rigid Body Kinetics I
    • In this section students will learn about planar (2D) rigid body kinetics, translation, moment of momentum - angular momentum, and equations of motion.
  • Planar (2D) Rigid Body Kinetics II
    • In this section students will continue to learn about planar (2D) rigid body kinetics using the Work-Energy Method.
  • Planar (2D) Rigid Body Kinetics III
    • In this section students will continue to learn about planar (2D) rigid body kinetics using the Impulse-Momentum Method and Conservation of Momentum.

Taught by

Dr. Wayne Whiteman, PE


4.9 rating, based on 36 Class Central reviews

4.9 rating at Coursera based on 702 ratings

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  • Anonymous
    My favorite aspect is that the videos aren't super long (on average around 10 min). They provide the "need to know" info covering the content and the necessary background buildup going in consecutive order in a concise and engaging way. Some worked…
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  • Anonymous
    Fantastic course, nice steady pace from basics to more advanced material. I've been out of school for several years and am about to go back to get my masters. This was a great refresher for the mechanics knowledge that was stuck in the gray matter in the back of my mind. Highly recommended!
  • Anonymous
    Excellent course. This course as taught by Dr. Whiteman gives you the skills to understand the principles of dynamics of particles and bodies in 2D motion and to comfortably apply those skills to real world applications. I highly recommend this course.
  • Anonymous
    This course was extremely helpful in helping me learn while working full time. I was able to complete the course on my own schedule.
  • Anonymous
    Highest quality online dynamics course you can find on the web bar none. The videos are excellently done and the concepts are beautifully explained. It doesn't make it easy, but it makes it worth it. If you're here to seriously learn/relearn dynamics, there's no better way to do it than through Coursera/Dr. Whiteman's course. It's better than the course you took in college.
  • Anonymous
    Took this class while I was enrolled in an actual dynamics course on campus. This was BY FAR the better course. Dr. Whiteman is fantastic and really cares about teaching his students. It is obvious that he wants everyone to gain knowledge through this class and succeed.

    This course is a life saver. 10/10 Would recommend
  • David Gamero
    Great videos, got a low D on my first midterm, started watching these videos before I did homework and I just got a 90 on the second midterm. God bless Dr Whiteman
  • Anonymous
    The videos were very helpful in understanding concepts that were previously difficult for me in another course. I thought everything was explained very well. Some of the questions were vaguely worded in the test, but overall a good Dynamics course.
  • Anonymous
    One of the courses that I was able to learn due to the straight to the point lecture on the subject matter. Also shows various application samples that aid their students to further understand on its application in the real world.
  • Anonymous
    Dr. Whiteman communicates the key concepts needed to master Dynamics through these well prepared videos. Watching these videos and doing examples in class with him gave me a thorough understanding of Dynamics by the end of the class!
  • Anonymous
    This course goes well into depth explaining how to solve all real world problems without going overboard. Instead there are extra problem videos he works through that you can decide to watch on concepts you don’t understand.
  • Anonymous
    Very comprehensive course covering many topics in dynamics with very helpful worked example problems to accompany each topic. Explanations were clear and concise, and some visuals also helped with difficult concepts.
  • Anonymous
    This course just changed my perspective way of looking world around me. Thanks Dr. Wayne Whiteman. You are incredible Especially your statement " Emphasis will be on understanding the subject not ton the calculations"
  • Anonymous
    We are very early into the semester but for now everything seems straightfoward and Dr. Whiteman explains the material clearly. He cares for his students and wishes to have that one-to-one contact.
  • Anonymous
    This is very well taught class by a great professor. There are breakpoints in videos so that we can do work by ourselves before resuming the lecture and it’s a good way to keep up with lecture.
  • Anonymous
    Good introduction for a complete outsider. I've been taking Dr. Whiteman's courses in sequence.

    But to better grasp the topic do not neglect additional problems from the textbook.
  • Anonymous
    Dr. Whiteman is a fantastic instructor. He cares deeply about the subject and helping students understand it. He explains all concepts clearly and deliberately. Highly recommended!
  • Anonymous
    It was a very good experience to learn this course. I learnt new skills,new techniques and methods to solve a problem. The course has helped me improve my knowledge in the subject.
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    Vijayakrishnan Venkatesan
    it is a very useful course for me.i'm learning basic concepts easily which was taught in a simple means.thanks to Whiteman for offering this course on coursera.

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