Conceptual Dynamics - Independent Learning

General Planar Motion


Analyzing mechanisms


  1. Get familiar with the system. Are there any
    • fixed axes/points?
    • points of known velocity?
    • geometric constraints?
    • Assign angular velocity directions.


  2. Analyze the velocities.
    • Start at a fixed or known velocity point and work outward.
    • Sometimes more than one relationships for a velocity can be found.
    • Apply known information and geometric constraints.


  3. Analyze the accelerations in a similar manner as the velocities.