MECH2210 – Intermediate Mechanical & Space Dynamics78.3
This course follows on from ENGG1400 dynamics. It's broken up into four sections: 2D dynamics, vibrations, orbital mechanics and 3D dynamics. Overall, the course would be very enjoyable if the content wasn't so difficult.
In terms of assessment, firstly there is an online quiz due in the second week. This is to make sure that you're still familiar with the ENGG1400 content. I and many others I spoke to had to put it a fair bit of work to catch up on this content. Next, there are three in-class quizzes, one for 2D dynamics and vibrations and one for each of the other sections. These quizzes are final exam type questions and they're HARD but luckily only count towards your grade if your score lower on these sections in the final. The main reason for these quizzes is for everyone to judge how well they are understanding the course content. There are also assignment questions similar to tutorial sheets. These are difficult too but can be done in small groups.
The are four practicals are pretty enjoyable. From these practicals, two reports will need to be written. These reports are time consuming but easy marks if you put the effort in. They can also be done in small groups but aren't so difficult that groups are necessary. These reports however are not helpful to the final exam.
Orbital mechanics is by far the easiest and most enjoyable of the sections (and useful to bounce up your marks for the course) followed by 2D, vibrations and 3D. 3D dynamics is incredibly difficult. My advice is try to understand the theory and forget about trying to learn how to solve problems. No 3D dynamic problem is needed to be solved on the final exam (in 2015).
I would recommend attending all lectures and tutorials. Personally, going into the final exam I was sitting on a high grade overall for the course. Exiting the exam, I was happy just to pass. Goodluck!
MECH2210 – Intermediate Mechanical & Space Dynamics72.9
This course is supposed to be a follow on from ENGG1400 taken by most in first year, don't feel complacent if you did well in 1400 though, because MECH2210 is a massive step up. The first component of the course is 2D dynamics and vibrations, a very difficult topic by any stretch of the imagination, made all the more difficult by the lecturer's reluctance to teach the easier method of solving vibration problems until the end of the unit at which time it's skimmed over and only applied to a type of problem which is not assessed. He also refuses to fully solve problems, setting out the basic framework and leaves it there claiming that it is easy and that we can "turn the handle" in regards to solving it. Second is orbital mechanics, this is substantially easier and better taught than vibrations but mostly hinges on having the right formulae at your disposal (for the final exam make sure you include absolutely every orbital mechanics formula in your formula sheet). Last is 3D dynamics, mostly focused on gyroscopic motion this is the most conceptually challenging part of the course but is taught well and reinforced by the practicals. The final exam is quite unpleasant but you are allowed to bring in a double sided formula sheet, prepare this early as it takes a long time to include all the formulae you'll need as well as a few worked examples. Overall a very challenging but interesting course that's not to be entered into expecting high grades for little work.
Semester 2 - 2014
Is lecture attendance necessary?
Is the textbook necessary?
Tutorials are invaluable
Practicals really reinforce what's taught
Not enough focus on easier solving methods
Martin Veidt rarely goes through the full solution of problems
MECH2210 – Intermediate Mechanical & Space Dynamics72.3
The course is very difficult, building upon knowledge learned in ENGG1400, MECH2210 has three sections to the subject, Vibrations, Orbital Mechanics and 3D Dynamics. Vibrations and 3D Dynamics are very difficult. The practicals are excellent and really help you understand the theory, however the lecturers didn't include some simpler methods for solving problems which can greatly reduce the difficulty of problems.
MECH2210 – Intermediate Mechanical & Space Dynamics81.7
This course elaborates upon engineering dynamics learnt from previous study of ENGG1400. A relatively challenging course, the main focus is towards the application of dynamic principles to engineering mechanisms and machines, with some more advanced topics in dynamic analysis and orbital mechanics. Both lecturers are high quality academics that provide excellent course notes, in which further personal notes can be added. Attending the tutorial classes are highly advised, as this is a good learning environment in which tutors can assist you with assignments (which tend to be quite challenging) and tutorial sheet problems.
All in all the course personally proved to be a very challenging course, in which a lot of work was required to obtain a passing grade of 4. This course for many, is the course that ultimately decides whether one wants to pursue a Mechanical/Mechatronic engineering major.