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ENGR 215


Syllabus for Engineering 215 Winter 2017

Meeting times:

11:00-11:50 daily in SAM 202


Office Hours:


François Lepeintre (Francois.Lepeintre@seattlecolleges.edu)

SAM 212: T, W, Th 12:20-1:00 pm, and F 12:30-1:30 pm

(206) 934-5438


"Dynamics" by R. C. Hibbeler, Prentice Hall


Physics 221 and Engr 214, both with 2.0 or better.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course, students will be able to do the following:

  • Identify and classify forces and moments in a variety of engineering situations and draw the corresponding free-body diagrams.
  • Calculate the displacement, velocity and acceleration for systems of particles and rigid bodies.
  • Solve problems by applying Newton's laws to systems of particles and rigid bodies.
  • Solve problems by applying the work-energy theorem, the linear impulse- momentum theorem, and the angular impulse-momentum theorem.

Course Content:

Kinematics of particles and rigid bodies
Newton's laws applied to particles and rigid bodies. Moment of Inertia
Work and Energy
Impulse and Momentum

If time allows we will cover also some examples of 3D motion of a rigid body. We should cover chapters 12 through 19, and possibly some of 20 and 21.


Homework: 10%
Project + presentation: 15 %
Quizzes (about 6 one-hour quizzes, the lowest score is dropped): 75%


There will be about 6 one hour exams. The lowest score will be dropped.


A set of problems from the text will be assigned on a weekly basis. These assignments are chosen to highlight the important concepts and problem solving techniques found in the chapter.

Homework will be group assignments. You can form groups of 2 or 3 students.

Your homework must be turned in on time. I won't accept any late homework.


A key part of the Engineering profession is to apply what you learn in school to complex situations. In this class, you will be asked to analyze the motion of a rigid body that goes beyond the examples of the text. You can come up with your own example or choose from a list that will be made available. Your project may include some experimental data. Part of the project is to present your analysis to the class.

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Students with documented disabilities requesting class accommodations, requiring special arrangements in case of building evacuation, or have emergency medical information the instructor should know about are asked to contact the disability support services office (DSS) in Rm. 1112. Once the disability is verified with DSS you will be given a letter of accommodation to be handed to your instructor.

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My contract to you!

If you come to class, do your homework and genuinely try to learn the concepts, I promise you to do my best to make your time as valuable as I can!