Engineering Mechanics II (Dynamics) Syllabus for 2021-2022
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ENGR-2302-001 Engineering Mechanics II (Dynamics)


Prerequisites: ENGR 2301-minimum grade of C

Course Description

Basic theory of engineering mechanics, using calculus, involving the motion of particles, rigid bodies and systems of particles; Newton's Laws; work and energy relationships; principles of impulse and momentum; application of kinetics and kinematics to the solution of engineering problems.

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(3 sem hrs; 3 lec)

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Engineering Mechanics:  Dynamics, 14th edition, ISBN 9780133915389.


R. C. Hibbeler, Pearson.


  1. Graphing calculator
  2. Green Engineering graph paper or white copy/printer paper
  3. A good eraser
  4. Mechanical pencil 0.5 or 0.7 HB lead

Student Performance

Upon successful completion of this course, the students will:  

  1. Express dynamic quantities as vectors in terms of Cartesian components, polar coordinates, and normal-tangential coordinates.
  2. Compute mass moments of inertia for systems of particles and rigid bodies.
  3. Solve kinematic problems involving rectilinear and curvilinear motion of particles.
  4. Solve kinetic problems involving a system of particles using Newton's Second Law.
  5. Apply the principles of work and energy, conservation of energy, impulse and momentum, and conservation of momentum to the solution of engineering problems involving particles and systems of particles.
  6. Solve kinematic problems involving the translation and rotation of a rigid body.
  7. Solve kinetic problems involving planar translation and rotation of rigid bodies.
  8. Apply the principles of work and energy, conservation of energy, impulse and momentum, and conservation of momentum to the solution of engineering problems involving rigid bodies in planar motion.

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Students are expected to behave in the classroom in a manner that is supportive of the learning environment. Behaviors that are not supportive include, but are not limited to: tardiness/leaving early; electronic device noises; texting or using electronic devices in non-course related activities during lecture; talking during the lecture; abusive, offensive, and/or disrespectful language or demeanor toward AC faculty, staff, students, and/or Amarillo College property.

In order to receive credit for a course, all material listed on the syllabus must be covered. The instructor sets the pace to ensure that these requirements are met. Complaining about the pace will not result in less material being covered.

Students who fail to comply with the standards outlined in the syllabus and/or AC’s Student Rights & Responsibilities document will be subject to disciplinary action which may include, but is not limited to: removal from the classroom; consultation with the Math & Engineering Department Chair and/or other AC authority; withdrawal from the course and/or Amarillo College.

Grading Criteria

The final grades of A (90-100), B (80-89), C (70-79), D (60-69), and F (below 60) will be computed as the average of the earned grades as follows:

Homework and Class Exercises/Quizzes 50%                                                     
Robotics Project 10%
Attendance 05% 
Exams 15% ( 3 @ 5% each)
Final Project (No Final Exam) 20%


There will be three major exams and there will be no comprehensive final.  The summative assessment for the course is a final semester project, to be selected in consultation with the instructor.

Major exams may be administered in class (in which case they must be completed by the end of class), in the math testing center, or as a take home test.

Absence from an exam will incur a zero unless there is prior notification of the instructor with approval granted or there is an emergency that could not be circumvented. Students who miss an exam because of College or business related activities should notify the instructor before the absence occurs.  Make-up exams will be given only under rare, extenuating circumstances and at the discretion of the instructor (after written petition for consideration).

If a student makes below 70 on a major exam, the student will be asked to spend one hour in our Math Academic Success Center before the next major exam.  During this hour, the student may correct the major exam, work on homework, prepare for a future in class quiz and/or prepare for the next major exam.  Please notify your instructor of your completion of the required hour in the Math Academic Success Center before the next major exam.

Life Long Learning Style Activities:

EXTRA CREDIT POSSIBILITIES: Engineers continue lifelong learning throughout their careers.  To this end, develop the habit now of attending workshops, touring work sites, interviewing clients, etc.  To support the goal of lifelong learning outside of the classroom, the Engineering Department may provide opportunities for activities including, but not limited to: club meetings, community service, meetings with advisors/mentors, independent projects such as preparation of a possible schedule to complete your degree, and tours to broaden your education.  If you do take advantage of these opportunities, fill out a short report form for each activity attended to receive extra credit.  


Expect to have homework assigned each day.  Please note the homework format requirements at the end of this document.  You are responsible for the requirements.  There will be in-class grades such as "pop" tests, quizzes or in-class exercises that will be averaged into the homework grade.  If there is a pop test, it will be given during the first 5 minutes of class and cannot be made up so please be on time.  I will drop a total of four homework/quiz grades so please use them wisely.  

As an engineer you will be required to submit proposals and complete forms as part of your job requirements.  As you will be representing your company, your ability to follow rules and regulations of the various forms could adversely affect the company’s ability to be seriously considered for jobs, projects, etc.  It is imperative that you learn to follow requirements for your presentation. 


I will provide examples of the proper format to visualize the instructions I give below.

Homework shall be presented using one of three types of paper (1) engineering (quadrille) paper, (2) white printer/copier paper, or (3) lined notebook paper.  Do your work in pencil NOT PEN.  If an error is made, erase thoroughly.  Homework with scratched out work will NOT be accepted.  

Each problem should be started on a new page.

Homework presentations shall be as follows:

*  Heading on each page.  See the examples provided separately.

   Please show all significant steps in a single column on the left side of the page.  It should be clear why each step is taken.

*  There should be one = sign per line as you move down the page and simplify.  You do not simplify by working across the page with multiple = signs.  That is not a professional format.

*  Redraw figures in the right of the analysis steps and clearly label as needed with dimensions, labels, and units.

*  Underline important intermediate results, as needed.

*  Box (not circle) final results.

*  NOTE:  If I can't read it, I can't grade it.

Grading of Homework:

Assuming you have followed the correct formatting, homework must be neat and easy to read.  Grades will be awarded based on the following formula:

HW grade = (quality factor)(correctness)

The quality factor is a number between 0 and 1.

*  The instructor reserves the right to grade any number of problem(s) per assignment.

*  Collaboration between students is allowed on problem solving; however, EACH STUDENT must hand in an ORIGINAL, COMPLETE, problem set not a carbon copy of another student's nor the solutions manual.

*  NO CREDIT will be given for late homework.

Grading of Tests:

In complex problem analyses, such as those used in this course, there are many opportunities for errors.  Thus exams will be graded using "partial credit" as it is recognized that some sections of an individual problem may have been carried out correctly even though the final answer may be incorrect.  Partial credit will only be given if the student work is logically developed, with clear and well marked diagrams, with the appropriate fundamental and auxiliary equations prominently displayed, where the substitutions into the equations are quite clear, and the assumptions used are quite obvious to the grader when grading.  That is, it is the student's responsibility to present his/her work so clearly that the grader can quickly ascertain the location and nature of the error(s) and can easily follow the subsequent work through to the now incorrect solution of the problem.  Thus, the student's contribution, needed to obtain partial credit, is to be able to clearly lead the grader through the student's thought process on the exam page alone.  If this is not quite clear on the work submitted, credit will not be given then nor later.  

INSTRUCTOR'S RIGHT TO MODIFY:  The instructor has the right to add, delete, or revise segments of this course syllabus.



You must attend to be allowed the opportunity to take the pop tests and hear the lecture and homework assignments as described below.

Expect to have homework assigned each day.  Please note the homework format requirements.   You  are responsible for the requirements. A number of in-class quizzes may be given during lecture periods. These will count as extra homework. Homework and in-class exam grades will comprise 10% of the course grade.

Please remember the deadline for dropping a class at Amarillo College during the Fall semester is November 23. If you stop attending class and do not officially drop the course by this deadline, and your average is below a 60, you will receive an F for the course.

Attendance is essential for successful completion of this course.  In order to promote consistent attendance, homework is regularly assigned and in-class quizzes may periodically be given.  Late homework is not accepted and in-class quizzes may not be made up.  Homework may be submitted and exams taken in advance when absences are due to a scheduled event.


Projected Schedule  Subject to Change
Week 1 Syllabus, 12.1, 12.2, 12.3, 12.4  Week 9 15.4, 15.5, 15.6, 15.7
Week 2 12.5, 12.6, 12.7 Week 10 16.1, 16.2, 16.3, Test 2
Week 3 12.8, 12.9, 12.10, 13.1 Week 11 16.4, 16.5, 16.6
Week 4

13.2, 13.3, 13.3, 13.4

Week 12 16.7,  17.1, 17.2, 17.3
Week 5 13.5, 13.6, 14.1 Week 13 17.4, 17.5, 18.1, 18.2
Week 6 14.1, 14.2, 14.3, 14.3, Test 1 Week 14 18.3, 18.4, 18.5, 19.1, Test 3
Week 7 14.4, 14.5, 14.6 Week 15 19.2, 19.3, Review
Week 8 15.1, 15.2, 15.3  Week 16  Final

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Syllabus Created on:

01/17/22 4:54 PM

Last Edited on:

01/17/22 5:28 PM