MEPA2202 - Dynamic systems


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2023/2024

Course content

Introduction to dynamics. Newton's laws. Kinematics of particles. Equations of position, velocity and acceleration in plane curvilinerar motion. Kinetics of particles. Force, mass and acceleration/ Work and energy/Impulse and momentum . Kinetics of system of particles. Generalized Newton's second law/Work and energy/Impulse and momentum/Conservation of energy and momentum/Steady mass flow/Variable mass. Plane kinematics of rigid bodies. Rotation/Absolute motion/Relative velocity and acceleration. Plane kinetics of rigid bodies. Newton's second law for translation and rotation/Work and energy/Impulse and momentum. Vibration and time response. Undamped and damped. Numerical methods applied on simulation of dynamic systems.

Learning outcome

Knowledge. The candidate has basic knowledge of analytical solving methods of dynamic problems due to machine part motion caused by external forces. The candidate has knowledge of numerical solving methods of dynamic problems.

Skills. The candidate can apply his knowledge on theoretical and practical problems and knows how to simplify the problem before solving. The candidate knows English terminology and can perform literature searches. The candidate is able to use both analytical, numerical and graphic solutions, either manually or by using digital tools.

General competence.The candidate knows how to simplify a problem and is able to apply this in 2D analysis of existing or new products. The candidate can discuss theories, problems and solutions by writing or orally, and is able to exchange points of views and experiences with other persons.

Learning methods and activities

Classroom lectures with practical experiments. Problem solutions, weekly exercises with assistance.

2/3 of the compulsory assignments must be passed in order to take the exam in the subject

Compulsory assignments

  • Mandatory assignments

Further on evaluation

Exam 4 hours written. Grade A to F. Formula book.

Re-sit exam: oral

Specific conditions

Course materials

Textbook: Meriam/Kraige/Bolton: "Engineering Mechanics Dynamics"

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Ålesund

Subject area(s)
  • Machine Design
  • Engineering
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Ocean Operations and Civil Engineering


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