Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics Syllabus

Dynamics is a branch of Engineering Mechanics which deals with the motion of accelerated bodies. It encompasses kinematics (which deals with the geometrics of motion), and kinetics (which focuses on the forces that cause motion to occur). This course will include a study of kinematics and kinetics, as well as work, energy, impulse, and momentum in two dimensions for particles, as well as rigid bodies. Dynamics is a fundamental engineering course. The mastery of the skills presented in this course is necessary for understanding many of the problems students will face for the rest of their education, and throughout their careers.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Know the relationships between position, velocity, and acceleration and use these relationships to perform calculations of kinematics of a particle.
  2. Analyze the acceleration of, and forces acting on, a particle using equations.
  3. Analyze particle kinetics using work-energy methods.
  4. Analyze particle kinetics using impulse-momentum methods.
  5. Know the relationship between position, velocity, and acceleration and use these relationships to perform calculations of kinematics of a rigid body.
  6. Analyze the acceleration of and forces acting on a rigid body using the equations of motion.
  7. Analyze two-dimensional rigid body kinetics using work-energy methods.
  8. Analyze two-dimensional rigid body kinetics using impulse-momentum methods

Required Materials and Technology


No textbook is required for this course; however, if you would like to read additional information on dynamics, any text written by Russell C. Hibbeler will do.


It is assumed that you either have your own computer, or you have consistent access to a computer. You need to have the appropriate permissions on your computer to download lesson content, access websites, and update and/or download software as needed along with consistent, reliable access to an Internet connection. Visit the Orientation to Online Learning page in the first lesson of your course to verify that you have your computer set up properly.

Please read the I-Learn Computer Standards and be sure you have the proper technology to access I-Learn and complete your course.

You will use Microsoft Office products in this course. If you do not yet have the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) on your computer, you may use this Microsoft Office Products free download to obtain the software. Note: The free download is only for BYU-I students with a current login

Other hardware

Course Architecture

This course runs in fourteen one-week lessons, starting with Week 01 at the beginning and Week 11 to wrap up. Each week is broken into two to four subunits and a Mastery Quiz. The subunits each contain an intro video and reading, example video and practice quiz, and a Homework activity.

All weeks are open from the beginning of the semester. You will progress through the course by achieving a basic competency in the outcomes, week by week. After Week 11, you will have a cumulative final exam and move on to master the same outcomes at a more advanced level. The final assignment at the basic level is the completion of the Final Exam in Week 11.

Typical Week Structure

There are 11 weeks. Within each week, there are 2–4 subunits, each with Practice Problems and Homework Problems. At the end of the week is a Mastery Quiz. The practice problems are accompanied by an example video that students are able to watch in order to learn the concepts. The Homework Problems help students apply the concepts they have already learned, in new ways. And the Mastery Quiz is the final assessment to "prove" your mastery of the concepts.


The course is set up to require a score of at least 70% on each Mastery Quiz before you will be able to access the next Mastery Quiz. For instance, you would need to achieve at least 70% on “Week 02 Mastery Quiz” before you will be able to work on “Week 03 Mastery Quiz”, and so forth. You will have unlimited tries each Practice Quiz. On each Mastery Quiz and the Final Exam, you only have two tries, then you must contact your instructor to discuss your struggles and open up a third attempt.

Late Work Policy

Late work will not be accepted. If there are extenuating circumstances, such as severe illness or a family death, please notify the instructor in advance of the due date or as soon as circumstance allows to work out a solution. Vacations will not be considered an excusable absence from the required work. Consider the following:

Keys to Success

BYU-Idaho Learning Model

All courses, including online courses at BYU-Idaho, follow a pattern of learning that enables students to take more responsibility for their own learning and for helping to Teach One Another. This pattern is called the Learning Model. Here are two pages to help you better understand the Learning Model.

Take Charge of your education by applying the Learning Model |  Learning Model interactive tutorial

Tips for Success in this Course

University Policies

Student Help Guides

I-Learn is a very robust learning system, and you may encounter technical difficulties when working in your class. To help you resolve these issues, student help guides have been created to answer some of the most common questions and problems that arise. Please refer to them to find help and guidance when you have a question regarding I-Learn.

If you experience technical difficulties any time during the course and can't find a solution in the student help guides, please contact the BYU-Idaho Online Support Center (OSC) before contacting your professor. The OSC information can be found below.

Online Support Center

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Additional Information

University Policies

Academic honesty is required. Any violation with be dealt with according to the University Academic Honesty Policy.

Policy on Sexual Discrimination/Harassment

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination against any participant in an education program or activity that receives federal funds, including federal loans and grants. Title IX also covers student-to-student sexual harassment. If you encounter unlawful sexual harassment or gender-based discrimination, please contact the Personnel Office at (208) 496-1130.

Reasonable Accommodation for Students with Disabilities:

Brigham Young University-Idaho is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere which reasonably accommodates qualified persons with disabilities. If you have any disability which may impair your ability to complete this course successfully, please contact the Disability Service Center, (208) 496-1158. Reasonable academic accommodations are reviewed for all students who have qualified documented disabilities. Services are coordinated with the student and instructor by this office. If you need assistance, or if you feel you have been unlawfully discriminated against on the basis of disability, you may seek resolution through established grievance policy and procedures. You should contact the Personnel Office at (208) 496-1130.

Personal Conduct

All of your correspondence with the teacher or other classmates must be respectful. Writing something disrespectful or “venting” is unprofessional and not becoming of a university student. In addition, it is not in accordance with the Honor Code of BYU-Idaho, and you will be subject to discipline accordingly. You are invited to re-read the BYU-I Honor Code and the “Principles of Personal Honor" at BYU-I Honor Code.