Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After the course the student will be able to:
- Employ the most generally used coordinate systems in effec-tive derivation of equations of motion for a particle.
- Express the quantities required in describing the motion of a rigid body in most commonly used coordinate systems.
- Deduce the equations of motion for a rigid body starting from the definitions of its mass properties and quantities describing its motion in most commonly used coordinate systems.
- Apply Lagrange s formalism and the quantities related to it in derivation of equations of conservative and non-conservative systems.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 07.09.2020 - 21.10.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Arttu Polojärvi

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Arttu Polojärvi

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Rigid body motion in three dimensions and Lagrangian formalism.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Independent exercises and an exam.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures 24h, excercises 18h, independent work 95h.


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lecture notes and/or a course book.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    A dynamics course covering particle and rigid body motion on a plane.

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