• Course level: Beginner


What is Dynamics?

Dynamics is the study of bodies in motion.  In this course, we will cover all the derivations you need for particle motion.  In addition, we will work through many examples of each topic.

What is Dynamics and how will it help me?

Dynamics is typically the second or third engineering mechanics course taught in university-level engineering programs.  It is the study of objects in motion.  Dynamics are important in the development of problem-solving skills.   The material and thought processes learned in this class will be of great benefit to you in any other application where you are analyzing objects and their motion.

What will I learn in this course?

This is Part 2 of my Dynamics series.  Part 1 covers the motion of particles.  This course covers the motion of rigid bodies.

Some of the topics we will cover:

Section 1: Kinematics of Rigid Bodies

  1. Rotation about a fixed axis
  2. Absolute Motion
  3. Relative Velocity
  4. Relative Acceleration
  5. Motion Relative to Rotating Axes

Section 2: Kinetics of Rigid Bodies

  1. Translation
  2. Fixed Axis Rotation
  3. General Plane Motion

Why is this course better than the others?

Have you ever been in a class and been frustrated by the lack of fully worked examples? This will not be that class.  I understand the frustration – I used to feel the same way.  Because of that, I teach my classes in a way that I would’ve preferred as a student.  Handwritten notes, simple explanations, and plenty of examples in a variety of difficulty levels.  You will not find PowerPoint slides here.

Who this course is for:

  1. Undergraduate students enrolled in a Dynamics course
  2. Professionals studying to take the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam
  3. Anyone interested in applying mathematics to study the motion of bodies

What Will I Learn?

  • Analyze kinematics of rigid bodies using rotation, translation, absolute motion, relative motion and more
  • Study how forces influence rotation and translation of rigid bodies

Topics for this course

24 Lessons


Rectilinear Coordinates00:00:00
Curvilinear Motion00:00:00
Normal Coordinates00:00:00
Polar Coordinates00:00:00
Relative Motion00:00:00
Constrained Motion00:00:00
Particle Linear Kinetics00:00:00
Curvilinear Kinetics00:00:00
Work Energy I00:00:00
Work – Energy II00:00:00
Linear Momentum00:00:00
Central Force Motion00:00:00
Rigid Body Kinematics00:00:00
Absolute Motion00:00:00
Relative Velocity00:00:00
Instantaneous Center00:00:00
Relative Acceleration00:00:00
Rigid Body Translation00:00:00
Rigid Body Rotation00:00:00
General Rigid Body Motion00:00:00
Work/Energy Method for Rigid Bodies00:00:00
Rigid Body Impulse-Momentum00:00:00
30 £

Enrolment validity: Lifetime


  • Have knowledge of free body diagrams, dynamics of particles, basic calculus topics like derivatives and integrals, and moments of inertia