Faculty of Engineering

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Day)
Malaysia First semester 2014 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Malaysia Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Daniel Mitchell (Semester 1); Dr Kris Ryan (Clayton); Dr Lau Ee Von (Malaysia)


Dimension, units and error estimates. Kinematics of particles and rigid bodies. Free body diagrams The concept of work, energy and power Forces and torques applied to rigid bodies undergoing translation or rotation The relevance of these to some common engineering mechanisms. Free and damped vibration and engineering applications. Kinematics of gears and geared systems including compound epicyclic gears. Friction, and the kinetics of belts and belt drives.


The student is expected to:

Knowledge and Understanding:

  1. Understand the importance of presentation of engineering results in relevant units and significant figures
  2. Understand the fundamentals of kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies
  3. Apply these principles to solving engineering problems involving:
    • Simple vibrating systems of masses, springs and dampers
    • Analysis of simple engineering mechanisms
    • Kinematics and power transmission capability of gears and belts


  1. Express engineering solutions in a realistic and logical format using the appropriate units, dimensions and accuracy
  2. Appropriate use of free body diagrams as part of the overall solution
  3. Appreciation of the differences between kinematics and kinetics
  4. Applying these skills to solve engineering mechanics problems


  1. Check the consistency of the units and dimensions used in the solution
  2. Create large and well defined free body diagrams with the appropriate coordinate system
  3. Ability to relate kinematics and kinetics in solving engineering mechanics problem.


Mid-semester test: 10%
Laboratory/problem solving: 10%
Design, build and test project: 10%
Final examination (3 hours): 70%

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Chris Davies (Sem 1 + 2)
Dr Tan Boon Thong (Malaysia October intake 2013)

Workload requirements

3 hours lectures, 2 hours of problem solving/laboratory and build and test design projects and 7 hours private study per week


VCE Physics 3/4 or ENG1080 recommended.
VCE Mathematical methods 3/4 (or equivalent) recommended.