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Archived Version 2009 - 2010

Module Title Mechanics of Machines 1
Module Code MM203
School School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

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Module Co-ordinatorDr Alan KennedyOffice NumberS367
Level 2 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Module Aims

To build on the elements of the kinematics and kinetics of particles learned in EM101 and EM102, and to introduce the students to the fundamentals of the kinematics and kinetics of systems of particles and rigid bodies.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, the student will be able to:

  • Solve kinematics and kinetics problems involving relative motion of particles and rigid bodies. Analyse the velocities and accelerations of planar mechanisms (PO1, PO2)
  • Use work-energy and impulse-momentum methods to solve kinetics problems involving particles and rigid bodies (PO1, PO2)
  • Calculate the forces and moments arising from a specified motion and the forces and moments required to produce a specified motion (PO1, PO2)
  • Calculate the accelerations associated with the motion of systems of particles (PO1, PO2)
  • Determine the effects of forces & torques on planar systems, including the effects of rolling and sliding contact between bodies (PO1, PO2, PO3)
  • Determine the power transmission and speed characteristics of simple & compound fixed centre and epicyclic gears (PO1, PO2)
  • Report practical results in a coherent and logical manner (PO5, PO6)

Indicative Time Allowances
Lectures 24
Tutorials 22
Laboratories 2
Seminars 0
Independent Learning Time 27

Total 75
Assume that a 5 credit module load represents approximately 75 hours' work, which includes all teaching, in-course assignments, laboratory work or other specialised training and an estimated private learning time associated with the module.

Indicative Syllabus

The motion of fixed points on rigid bodies.

Relative motion of particles – separation of translation and rotation of rigid bodies – relative velocity and acceleration analysis of the motion of planar mechanisms. Relative kinetics of particles.

Work-energy and impulse-momentum methods for particles and rigid bodies – impact of particles.

Kinetics of systems of particles – derivation of general laws of motion.

Absolute motion analysis of planar mechanisms.

Kinematics and kinetics of spur and epicyclic gear trains.

Kinetics of general motion of rigid bodies. Rolling and sliding contact.

Continuous Assessment20% Examination Weight80%
Indicative Reading List

Merriam J.L, Kraige L.G., Engineering Mechanics - Dynamics, 6th Ed, Wiley, 2008

Bedford, A., Fowler, W., Engineering Mechanics - Dynamics, 5th Ed, Prentice-Hall, 2008

Hibbeler, R.C., Engineering Mechanics - Dynamics, 3rd Ed, Prentice-Hall, 2004

Contribution to Programme:

The module’s contribution to the IEI Programme Areas and Programme Outcomes is characterised according to a five point scale where 4 indicates a very strong contribution and 0 indicates no significant or intended contribution.

Programme Areas

Science & Mathematics

Discipline - specific Technology

Information and Communications Technology

Design and Development

Engineering Practice

Social and Business Context







Programme Outcomes

Knowledge and Its Application:

Problem Solving:


Ethical Practice:

Effective Work and Learning:

Effective Communication:







Teaching & Learning Strategies/Assessment Methodology:

The module is assessed by means of a test (worth 10%) of basic techniques and knowledge in week 5/6 and on one laboratory including calculations and reporting of results (worth 10%). The final exam will enable the student to demonstrate knowledge of the topics covered and apply the analysis to posed problems.

Continuous Assessment:  20%    Final Exam:  80%

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