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This book is intended to serve as a text on dynamics for undergraduate students of engineering. The book provides in-depth discussions of the fundamentals of Newtonian mechanics, more commonly known as dynamics. Drawing on the author’s extensive experience in teaching the subject of dynamics at two Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and the Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST), the book contains 498 line diagrams, 123 worked-out examples and 222 exercise problems. The answers to select exercise problems are provided at the end of the book. A wealth of detailed illustrations make the book ideally suited for both self self-study and classroom use at both introductory and secondary levels. Thus the book offers a valuable resource for both students and teachers of dynamics, addressing the main topics covered in core level courses on ‘Dynamics’ for students of civil, mechanical and aerospace engineering across the globe.



1. Introduction to the Science of Motion

After reading this chapter, the student should:
  • Understand the meaning of motion.
  • Learn about basic frames of reference.
  • Understand the mathematical representation of motion.
  • Know basic vector algebra as applied to mechanics.
Amitabha Ghosh

2. Kinematics of Particles

A particle or point mass is an entity that has no dimension. Since in kinematics there is no involvement of force-mass interaction, the topic is indistinguishable from the kinematics of a geometric point. The problems of kinematics involve the study of the temporal-geometric parameters. To be more explicit, the quantities involved are change of position, speed and velocity, acceleration, time for motion under consideration, and so on. There is no scope for considering forces, etc. in kinematic problems. First detailed discussions on three important and basic entities are taken up.
Amitabha Ghosh

3. Kinetics of Particles

After reading this chapter, the student should:
  • Know the basic forces that drive motion
  • Understand the laws of friction and gravitation
  • Learn about geostationary satellites
  • Solve problems involving gravitational and frictional forces
Amitabha Ghosh

4. Work and Energy

After reading this chapter, the student should:
  • Learn about work done by a force.
  • Understand energy and the law of conservation of energy.
  • Learn about gravitational potential energy.
  • Determine escape velocity of an object.
Amitabha Ghosh

5. Impulse and Momentum

After reading this chapter, the student should:
  • Understand Newton’s second law of motion.
  • Calculate impulse of a force.
  • Determine centers of mass.
  • Learn about forces exerted by jets and streams.
  • Understand collision and impact.
  • Solve problems on two-dimensional collision of particles.
Amitabha Ghosh

6. Dynamics of Rigid Bodies in Plane Motion

After reading this chapter, the student should:
  • Define a rigid body.
  • Understand basics of angular motion.
  • Learn about dynamics of rigid bodies in motion.
  • Solve problems based on rolling motion of rigid bodies.
Amitabha Ghosh

7. Special Topics

After reading this chapter, the student should:
  • Understand motion in non-inertial frames of reference
  • Learn about precessional motion and the gyroscopic effect
  • Solve problems based on simple harmonic motion
  • Understand orbital motion under gravitation
  • Know Kepler’s laws
Amitabha Ghosh


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