Text: Robert L. Norton, Design of Machinery, McGrawHill, 2nd Edition, 1999.
Objectives:
This course is intended to teach the successful student to perform
dynamic analysis and design of planar mechanisms and machines including
closed and open linkage chains, reciprocating and rotating machines, cams,
and flywheels. These form the basis for most machines in practical use.
Both graphical and analytical methods are utilized. In addition, the student
should be able to use the tools of engineering science and mathematics
along with the design methodology of analysis/synthesis/testing/evaluation
to create useful mechanisms and machines to meet specified kinematic and
dynamic criteria.
Attendance:
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. An attendance
sheet will be circulated at each class. It is the responsibility
of the student to initial the attendance sheet prior to leaving the classroom.
A student having 7 or more absences will be given a grade of F in the course.
Homework:
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. Available
solutions to the homework problems will be posted periodically in the instructor's
bullentin box or on the course web site.
Design/Computer Problems:
During the term some design/analysis problems will be assigned which
will require design methodology and decision making. These could include:
Examinations:
The examinations in this course will consist of weekly 20minute examinations,
and a 4hour 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 makeup examinations will be given. If an examination is
missed for reasons the instuctor 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. Students with a weekly
examination average of 93% or better at the end of the course will be exempted
from the final examination, and the weekly examination average score will
be used as the final examination score for exempted students. The examination
average will comprise 50% of the course grade, and the final examination
score will comprise 30% of the course grade.
Grading:
The numerical score for the course will be based on the weekly examinations,
the design problems, and the final examination as follows:
Item  Percent of Final Grade 

Design Projects 

Weekly Class Examinations 

Final Examination 

The numerical score for the quarter will be determined from the following formula:
N=0.20*DesAvg+0.50*ExamAvg+0.30*FinalExam
where:
N=Quarter numerical score,
DesAvg=Term design project 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.