Faculty of Engineering

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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
Organisational UnitDepartment of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
OfferedClayton Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr Tuncay Alan


Focus on advanced kinematics and dynamics with applications to robotic structures and potentially microelectromechanical systems. Study of non-holonomic constraints. Consideration of the inevitable and critical consequences of nonlinearities in the dynamic response of everyday structures. Instruction on advanced topics in dynamics, incorporating D'Alambert's principle, Hamilton's equations and the virtual power method. Reinforcement of concepts using computer analysis.


On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. compare new forms of energy exchange and storage
  2. appraise the importance of nonlinear interaction and dynamics in everyday systems and the consequences for their analysis and design
  3. combine computational, and classical methods to form a well-rounded and practical understanding of dynamics of systems
  4. formulate models of dynamic systems that contain more than merely mechanical kinematics and dynamics using the latest analysis methods.
  5. choose analysis methods for systems with nonlinear components or interactions.
  6. interpret the knowledge provided in the course to common mechanical systems.
  7. evaluate where and how to continue learning on advanced and/or new topics in dynamics


Continuous assessment: 30%
Examination (3 hours): 70%
Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit.Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

One 2-hour lecture, one 3-hour practical class and 7 hours private study per week.

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