ME304, Winter 2002-2003
Dynamics of Machinery
Revision Date: November 26, 2002

Text: Robert L. Norton, Design of Machinery, McGraw-Hill, 2nd Edition, 1999.

The scope of this course is dynamic analysis and design of planar mechanisms and machines.  This includes closed and open linkage chains, reciprocating and rotating machines, cams, and flywheels. The successful student should be able to use the tools of engineering science and mathematics to analyze the motion and forces acting on a mechanism in a manner that would be useful to a design engineer.

Regular, punctual attendance at lecture classes is essential if steady progress is to be made in the course. Attendance on examination days is mandatory. An absence from an examination will be considered excused by the instructor only in documented cases of illness or emergency.

Regular reading assignments and solution of homework problems are essential for successful completion of this course. Reading assignments for each day appear in the Course Outline, and should be completed prior to coming to class. Homework problem assignments also appear in the Course Outline. Answers to most of the homework problems appear in Appendix F in the textbook. Available answers to other homework problems will be provided.  Typically, these will be posted in the instructor's bulletin box.

The examinations in this course will consist of weekly 20-minute examinations, and a 4-hour final examination. All examinations will be closed book and closed notes unless the instructor indicates otherwise. There is to be no joint use of calculators, drawing tools, or other personal equipment during an examination. All writing must cease when time is called on an examination. No make-up examinations will be given. If an examination is missed for reasons the instructor deems excusable (illness, accident, emergency, etc.) the final examination score will be inserted for the missed examination score. Examinations missed because of unexcused absences will receive a zero score. The weekly examination average will be calculated by dropping the lowest score and averaging the remaining scores.

The numerical score for the course will be based on the weekly examinations and the final examination as follows:


Item Percent of Final Grade 
Weekly Class Examinations
Final Examination

The numerical score for the quarter will be determined from the following formula:



N=Quarter numerical score, 
Exam Avg=Weekly examination average score, and
FinalExam=Final examination score.

A letter grade G for the course will be assigned as follows:

Numerical Score, N Class Grade, G
>=90 A
>=85 and < 90 B+
>=80 and < 85 B
>=75 and < 80 C+
>=70 and < 75 C
>=65 and < 70 D+
>=60 and < 65 D
< 60 F

In borderline grade cases, the final letter grade may, at the discretion of the instructor, be increased. Attendance, punctuality, and professional bearing will be used to influence the instructor's final decision.