151-0503-00L  Dynamics

SemesterAutumn Semester 2022
LecturersD. Kochmann
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


151-0503-00 VDynamics
The lectures will start in the 2nd week of the Semester.
The Monday lectures are held in HG F 7 with video transmission to HG F 5.
The Wednesday lectures are held in ML D 28 with video transmission to HCI G 7 (ETH Hönggerberg)
4 hrs
Mon14:15-16:00HG F 5 »
14:15-16:00HG F 7 »
Wed13:45-15:30HCI G 7 »
14:15-16:00ML D 28 »
D. Kochmann
151-0503-00 UDynamics
Groups are selected in myStudies.
The exercises will start in the 2nd week of the Semester:
- Thursday 8-10 for Mechanical Engineering BSc
- Friday 14-16 for Civil Engineering BSc

Zusätzlich wird das Study Center angeboten: Montags 18-20 ab der 3. Semesterwoche im HG F 7 wo die Möglichkeit des betreuten Lernens angeboten wird. Im Study Center können Studierende Vorlesungsstoff vor- oder nachbereiten und Übungen lösen.
2 hrs
Thu08:15-10:00CAB G 59 »
08:15-10:00CHN E 42 »
08:15-10:00CHN F 46 »
08:15-10:00CHN G 42 »
08:15-10:00CHN G 46 »
08:15-10:00HG E 21 »
08:15-10:00HG E 22 »
08:15-10:00HG E 33.1 »
08:15-10:00HG E 33.3 »
08:15-10:00HG E 33.5 »
08:15-10:00HG G 26.3 »
08:15-10:00HG G 26.5 »
08:15-10:00LFW E 13 »
08:15-10:00ML H 41.1 »
08:15-10:00ML J 34.1 »
08:15-10:00ML J 34.3 »
Fri13:45-15:30HIT F 31.2 »
13:45-15:30HIT H 51 »
13:45-15:30HIT J 52 »
13:45-15:30HIT J 53 »
13:45-15:30HIT K 51 »
D. Kochmann

Catalogue data

AbstractDynamics of particles, rigid bodies and deformable bodies: Motion of a single particle, motion of systems of particles, 2D and 3D motion of rigid bodies, vibrations, waves
ObjectiveThis course provides Bachelor students of mechanical and civil engineering with fundamental knowledge of the kinematics and dynamics of mechanical systems. By studying the motion of a single particle, systems of particles, of rigid bodies and of deformable bodies, we introduce essential concepts such as kinematics, kinetics, work and energy, equations of motion, and forces and torques. Further topics include the stability of equilibria and vibrations as well as an introduction to the dynamics of deformable bodies and waves in elastic rods. Throughout the course, the basic principles and application-oriented examples presented in the lectures and weekly exercise sessions help students aquire a proficient background in engineering dynamics, learn and embrace problem-solving techniques for dynamical engineering problems, gain cross-disciplinary expertise (by linking concepts from, among others, mechanics, mathematics, and physics), and prepare students for advanced courses and work on engineering applications.
Content1. Motion of a single particle: kinematics (trajectory, velocity, acceleration), forces and torques, constraints, active and reaction forces, balance of linear and angular momentum, work-energy balance, conservative systems, equations of motion.
2. Motion of systems of particles: internal and external forces, balance of linear and angular momentum, work-energy balance, rigid systems of particles, particle collisions, mass accretion/loss.
3. Motion of rigid bodies in 2D and 3D: kinematics (angular velocity, velocity and acceleration transfer, instantaneous center and axis of rotation), balance of linear and angular momentum, work-energy balance, angular momentum transport, inertial vs. moving reference frames, apparent forces, Euler equations.
4. Vibrations: Lagrange equations, concepts of stability, single-DOF oscillations (natural frequency, free-, damped-, and forced response), multi-DOF oscillations (natural frequencies, eigenmodes, free-, damped-, and forced response).
5. Introduction to waves and vibrations in deformable elastic bodies: local form of linear momentum balance, waves and vibrations in slender elastic rods.
Lecture notesLecture notes (a scriptum) will be available on Moodle. Students are strongly encouraged to take their own notes during class.
LiteratureA complete set of lecture notes (a scriptum) is available on Moodle. Further reading materials are suggested but not required for this class.
Prerequisites / NoticeAll course materials (including lecture notes, exercise problems, etc.) are available on Moodle.
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Media and Digital Technologiesfostered
Project Managementfostered
Social CompetenciesCommunicationfostered
Cooperation and Teamworkfostered
Customer Orientationfostered
Leadership and Responsibilityfostered
Self-presentation and Social Influence fostered
Sensitivity to Diversityfostered
Personal CompetenciesAdaptability and Flexibilityfostered
Creative Thinkingfostered
Critical Thinkingassessed
Integrity and Work Ethicsfostered
Self-awareness and Self-reflection fostered
Self-direction and Self-management fostered

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
In examination block forBachelor's Degree Programme in Civil Engineering 2014; Version 01.08.2016 (Examination Block 1)
Bachelor's Degree Programme in Civil Engineering 2022 (Examination Block 1)
Bachelor's Degree Programme in Mechanical Engineering 2010; Version 24.02.2022 (Examination Block 1)
Bachelor's Degree Programme in Mechanical Engineering 2022 (Examination Block 1)
ECTS credits6 credits
ExaminersD. Kochmann
Typesession examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationwritten 150 minutes
Additional information on mode of examinationA continuous performance assessment is offered in the form of voluntary weekly exercises, whose correct submission can result in a grade bonus of up to 0.25, which is added onto the (unrounded) grade of the final exam. The exact conditions are explained in the Moodle course.
Written aidsAll students are provided with a list of formulas (without explanation). No calculators or other resources are allowed.
If the course unit is part of an examination block, the credits are allocated for the successful completion of the whole block.
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

Learning materials

No public learning materials available.
Only public learning materials are listed.


151-0503-00 UDynamics
Thu08:15-10:00CAB G 59 »
Thu08:15-10:00CHN F 46 »
Thu08:15-10:00CHN G 42 »
Thu08:15-10:00HG E 21 »
Thu08:15-10:00HG E 33.1 »
Thu08:15-10:00HG E 33.5 »
Thu08:15-10:00HG G 26.3 »
Thu08:15-10:00HG G 26.5 »
Thu08:15-10:00HG E 33.3 »
Thu08:15-10:00ML H 41.1 »
Thu08:15-10:00CHN E 42 »
Thu08:15-10:00ML J 34.1 »
Thu08:15-10:00ML J 34.3 »
Thu08:15-10:00CHN G 46 »
Thu08:15-10:00HG E 22 »
Thu08:15-10:00LFW E 13 »
Fri13:45-15:30HIT F 31.2 »
Fri13:45-15:30HIT K 51 »
Fri13:45-15:30HIT J 53 »
Fri13:45-15:30HIT J 52 »
Fri13:45-15:30HIT H 51 »


There are no additional restrictions for the registration.

Offered in

Civil Engineering BachelorExamination Block 1OInformation
Mechanical Engineering BachelorExamination Block 1OInformation