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Mechanical Systems


The branch of physics that deals with the action of forces on matter is referred to as mechanics. All considerations of motion are addressed by mechanics, as well as the transmission of forces through the use of simple machines. The essence of classical mechanics is stated in three laws of motion, formulated by Isaac Newton (1642-1727), which tell us how the forces acting on an object determine the motion of that object.


Mechanics is divided into two areas: static and dynamic. Static deals with the equilibrium of bodies, which are either at rest or move with constant velocity. However, dynamic is the study of forces and motion. It is concerned with the accelerated motion of bodies. Although static might be considered as a special case of dynamics, in which the acceleration is zero, static deserves a particular handling in engineering education since many objects are designed with the desire that they remain in equilibrium.






Translational and Rotational Motion
Newton's Laws of Motion

Simple Machines

Lesson on Mechanical System Modeling