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# Tenth Edition

## CHAPTER VECTOR MECHANICS FOR ENGINEERS:

12 DYNAMICS
Ferdinand P. Beer
E. Russell Johnston, Jr.
Phillip J. Cornwell Kinetics of Particles:
Lecture Notes:
Newton’s Second Law
Brian P. Self
California Polytechnic State University

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Contents
Introduction Angular Momentum of a Particle
Newton’s Second Law of Equations of Motion in Radial &
Motion Transverse Components
Linear Momentum of a Particle Conservation of Angular Momentum
Systems of Units Newton’s Law of Gravitation
Equations of Motion Sample Problem 12.7
Dynamic Equilibrium Sample Problem 12.8
Sample Problem 12.1 Trajectory of a Particle Under a
Sample Problem 12.3 Central Force
Sample Problem 12.4 Application to Space Mechanics
Sample Problem 12.5 Sample Problem 12.9
Sample Problem 12.6 Kepler’s Laws of Planetary Motion

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Kinetics of Particles
High swing velocities can
We must analyze all of the forces
result in large forces on a
acting on the wheelchair in order
swing chain or rope, causing
to design a good ramp
it to break.

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Introduction

F  ma
• Newton’s Second Law of Motion

## • If the resultant force acting on a particle is not

zero, the particle will have an acceleration
proportional to the magnitude of resultant
and in the direction of the resultant.

## • Must be expressed with respect to a Newtonian (or inertial)

frame of reference, i.e., one that is not accelerating or rotating.
• This form of the equation is for a constant mass system

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Linear Momentum of a Particle
• Replacing the acceleration by the derivative of the velocity
yields 
 dv
F  m
dt

d  dL
 m v  
dt dt

L  linear momentum of the particle

## • Linear Momentum Conservation Principle:

If the resultant force on a particle is zero, the linear momentum
of the particle remains constant in both magnitude and direction.
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Systems of Units
• Of the units for the four primary dimensions (force,
mass, length, and time), three may be chosen arbitrarily.
The fourth must be compatible with Newton’s 2nd Law.

## • International System of Units (SI Units): base units are

the units of length (m), mass (kg), and time (second).
The unit of force is derived,
 m kg  m
1 N  1 kg 1 2   1 2
 s  s

## • U.S. Customary Units: base units are the units of force

(lb), length (m), and time (second). The unit of mass is
derived,
1lb 1lb lb  s 2
1lbm  2
1slug  2
1
32.2 ft s 1ft s ft

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Equations of Motion
 
• Newton’s second law  F  ma
• Can use scalar component equations, e.g., for
rectangular components,

 
 Fx i  Fy j  Fz k   ma x i  a y j  a z k 
   

 Fx  max  Fy  ma y  Fz  maz
 Fx  mx  Fy  my  Fz  mz

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Dynamic Equilibrium
• Alternate expression of Newton’s second law,
 
 F  m a 0

 ma  inertial vector
• With the inclusion of the inertial vector, the system
of forces acting on the particle is equivalent to
zero. The particle is in dynamic equilibrium.
• Methods developed for particles in static
equilibrium may be applied, e.g., coplanar forces
may be represented with a closed vector polygon.
• Inertia vectors are often called inertial forces as
they measure the resistance that particles offer to
changes in motion, i.e., changes in speed or
direction.
• Inertial forces may be conceptually useful but are
not like the contact and gravitational forces found
in statics.
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Free Body Diagrams and Kinetic Diagrams
The free body diagram is the same as you have done in statics; we
will add the kinetic diagram in our dynamic analysis.
1. Isolate the body of interest (free body)
2. Draw your axis system (e.g., Cartesian, polar, path)
3. Add in applied forces (e.g., weight, 225 lb pulling force)
4. Replace supports with forces (e.g., normal force)
5. Draw appropriate dimensions (usually angles for particles)
x y
225 N

25o

Ff
N
mg
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Free Body Diagrams and Kinetic Diagrams
Put the inertial terms for the body of interest on the kinetic diagram.
1. Isolate the body of interest (free body)
2. Draw in the mass times acceleration of the particle; if unknown,
do this in the positive direction according to your chosen axes
x y may
225 N
max

25o 
Ff
N
mg

F  ma
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Free Body Diagrams and Kinetic Diagrams
Draw the FBD and KD for block A (note that the
massless, frictionless pulleys are attached to block A
and should be included in the system).

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1. Isolate body
2. Axes
3. Applied forces
4. Replace supports with forces
6. Kinetic diagram

y
T T NB
T
T may = 0
x

T
mg
Ff-B
= max

N1 Ff-1
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Free Body Diagrams and Kinetic Diagrams

## Draw the FBD and KD for the collar B. Assume

there is friction acting between the rod and collar,
motion is in the vertical plane, and q is increasing

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1. Isolate body
2. Axes
3. Applied forces
4. Replace supports with forces
5. Dimensions
6. Kinetic diagram

eq maq
er
mar

q
q
=
Ff
mg
N
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Sample Problem 12.1
SOLUTION:
• Resolve the equation of motion for the
block into two rectangular component
equations.

## • Unknowns consist of the applied force

P and the normal reaction N from the
plane. The two equations may be
solved for these unknowns.

## A 200-lb block rests on a horizontal

plane. Find the magnitude of the force
P required to give the block an
acceleration of 10 ft/s2 to the right. The
coefficient of kinetic friction between
the block and plane is mk  0.25.

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Sample Problem 12.1
SOLUTION:
• Resolve the equation of motion for the block
into two rectangular component equations.
 Fx  ma :
y
 
P cos 30  0.25N  6.21lb  s 2 ft 10 ft s 2 
 62.1lb
O
x  Fy  0 :
W 200 lb N  P sin 30  200 lb  0
m 
g 32.2 ft s 2 • Unknowns consist of the applied force P and
the normal reaction N from the plane. The two
lb  s 2
 6.21 equations may be solved for these unknowns.
ft
N  P sin 30  200 lb
F  mk N
P cos 30  0.25P sin 30  200 lb  62.1lb
 0.25N
P  151lb

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Sample Problem 12.3
SOLUTION:
• Write the kinematic relationships for the
dependent motions and accelerations of
the blocks.
• Write the equations of motion for the
blocks and pulley.
• Combine the kinematic relationships
with the equations of motion to solve for
the accelerations and cord tension.
The two blocks shown start from rest.
The horizontal plane and the pulley are
frictionless, and the pulley is assumed
to be of negligible mass. Determine
the acceleration of each block and the
tension in the cord.

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Sample Problem 12.3
SOLUTION:
• Write the kinematic relationships for the dependent
O motions and accelerations of the blocks.
x
y B  12 x A a B  12 a A
y
• Write equations of motion for blocks and pulley.
 Fx  m Aa A :
T1  100 kg a A
 Fy  mB aB :
mB g  T2  mB a B
300 kg 9.81m s 2  T2  300 kg a B
T2  2940N - 300 kg a B
 Fy  mC aC  0 :
T2  2T1  0
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Sample Problem 12.3
• Combine kinematic relationships with equations of
motion to solve for accelerations and cord tension.
O
x y B  12 x A a B  12 a A

y T1  100 kg a A
T2  2940N - 300 kg a B

 2940N - 300 kg  12 a A 
T2  2T1  0
2940 N  150 kg a A  2100 kg a A  0

a A  8.40 m s 2
a B  12 a A  4.20 m s 2
T1  100 kg a A  840 N
T2  2T1  1680 N
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Sample Problem 12.4
SOLUTION:
• The block is constrained to slide down
the wedge. Therefore, their motions are
dependent. Express the acceleration of
block as the acceleration of wedge plus
the acceleration of the block relative to
the wedge.

## • Write the equations of motion for the

wedge and block.
The 12-lb block B starts from rest and
slides on the 30-lb wedge A, which is • Solve for the accelerations.
supported by a horizontal surface.
Neglecting friction, determine (a) the
acceleration of the wedge, and (b) the
acceleration of the block relative to the
wedge.

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Sample Problem 12.4
SOLUTION:
• The block is constrained to slide down the
wedge. Therefore, their motions are dependent.
  
aB  a A  aB A
• Write equations of motion for wedge and block.
 Fx  m Aa A :
y N1 sin 30  m A a A
0.5 N1  W A g a A

 Fx  mB a x  mB a A cos 30  aB A :
 WB sin 30  WB g a A cos 30  a B 
x
A
a B A  a A cos 30  g sin 30

 Fy  mB a y  mB  a A sin 30 :
N1  WB cos 30  WB g a A sin 30
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Sample Problem 12.4
• Solve for the accelerations.
0.5 N1  W A g a A

## N1  WB cos 30  WB g a A sin 30

2W A g a A  WB cos 30  WB g a A sin 30
gWB cos 30
aA 
2W A  WB sin 30

aA 
32.2 ft s 2 12 lb cos 30
230 lb  12 lb sin 30
a A  5.07 ft s 2

## aB A  a A cos 30  g sin 30

aB A    
 5.07 ft s 2 cos 30  32.2 ft s 2 sin 30
aB A  20.5 ft s 2

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Group Problem Solving
SOLUTION:
• Write the kinematic relationships for the
dependent motions and accelerations of
the blocks.
• Draw the FBD and KD for each block
• Write the equations of motion for the
blocks and pulley.
• Combine the kinematic relationships
with the equations of motion to solve for
the accelerations and cord tension.

## The two blocks shown are originally at

rest. Neglecting the masses of the pulleys
and the effect of friction in the pulleys and
between block A and the horizontal
surface, determine (a) the acceleration of
each block, (b) the tension in the cable.
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SOLUTION:
xA • Write the kinematic relationships for the
dependent motions and accelerations of
the blocks.
This is the same problem worked last
yB
chapter- write the constraint equation

x A  3 yB  constants  L
Differentiate this twice to get the
acceleration relationship.
v A  3vB  0
a A  3aB  0
a A  3aB (1)

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Group Problem Solving
• Draw the FBD and KD for each block
2T T mAg A
B +y
maAx
T
= =
maBy +x
mBg NA
• Write the equation of motion for each block
Fx  m A a A :
Fy  mB aB T  m A aB
WB  3T  mB aB (2) From Eq (1) T  3mA aB (3)
• Solve the three equations, 3 unknowns
(3) (2) mB g  3(3mA aB )  mB aB T  3  30 kg  0.83136 m/s2
g 9.81 m/s 2 T  74.8 N
aB    0.83136 m/s 2
mA 30 kg
1 9 1 9 a A  2.49  2.49 m/s2
mB 25 kg
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Concept Quiz

## (1) (2) (3)

The three systems are released from rest. Rank the
accelerations, from highest to lowest.
a) (1) > (2) > (3) d) (1) = (2) = (3)
b) (1) = (2) > (3) e) (1) = (2) < (3)
c) (2) > (1) > (3)
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Vector Mechanics for Engineers: Dynamics
Kinetics: Normal and Tangential Coordinates

## Aircraft and roller coasters can both experience large

normal forces during turns.

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Equations of Motion
 
• Newton’s second law  F  ma
• For tangential and normal components,

F  ma t
 F n  man
t
v2
F t m
dv
dt
F n m

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Sample Problem 12.5
SOLUTION:
• Resolve the equation of motion for the
bob into tangential and normal
components.
• Solve the component equations for the
normal and tangential accelerations.
• Solve for the velocity in terms of the
normal acceleration.
The bob of a 2-m pendulum describes
an arc of a circle in a vertical plane. If
the tension in the cord is 2.5 times the
weight of the bob for the position
shown, find the velocity and accel-
eration of the bob in that position.

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Sample Problem 12.5
SOLUTION:
• Resolve the equation of motion for the bob into
tangential and normal components.
• Solve the component equations for the normal and
tangential accelerations.
 Ft  mat : mg sin 30  mat
at  g sin 30
at  4.9 m s 2
 Fn  man : 2.5mg  mg cos 30  man
an  g 2.5  cos 30
an  16.03 m s 2
• Solve for velocity in terms of normal acceleration.

an 
v2
v  an  2 m 16.03 m s 2 

v  5.66 m s
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Sample Problem 12.6
SOLUTION:
• The car travels in a horizontal circular
path with a normal component of
acceleration directed toward the center
of the path.The forces acting on the car
are its weight and a normal reaction

## • Resolve the equation of motion for

Determine the rated speed of a the car into vertical and normal
highway curve of radius  = 400 ft components.
banked through an angle q = 18o. The
rated speed of a banked highway curve • Solve for the vehicle speed.
is the speed at which a car should
travel if no lateral friction force is to
be exerted at its wheels.

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Sample Problem 12.6
• Resolve the equation of motion for
the car into vertical and normal
components.
 Fy  0 : R cosq  W  0
W
R
cosq
W
 Fn  man : R sin q  an
SOLUTION: g

## • The car travels in a horizontal circular W W v2

sin q 
path with a normal component of cosq g 
acceleration directed toward the center • Solve for the vehicle speed.
of the path.The forces acting on the
car are its weight and a normal v 2  g tan q
reaction from the road surface.  
 32.2 ft s 2 400 ft  tan 18
v  64.7 ft s  44.1 mi h
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v SOLUTION:
• Draw the FBD and KD for the collar.
• Write the equations of motion for the
collar.
• Determine kinematics of the collar.
• Combine the equations of motion with
The 3-kg collar B rests on the
kinematic relationships and solve.
frictionless arm AA. The collar is
held in place by the rope attached to
drum D and rotates about O in a
horizontal plane. The linear velocity
of the collar B is increasing according
to v= 0.2 t2 where v is in m/s and t is
in sec. Find the tension in the rope
and the force of the bar on the collar
after 5 seconds if r = 0.4 m.
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SOLUTION: • Given: v= 0.2 t2, r = 0.4 m
• Find: T and N at t = 5 sec

et mat

en =
T N man

## Write the equations of motion

Fn  man Ft  mat
v2 dv
N m T m
 dt
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et
Kinematics : find vt, an, at mat
vt  0.2t 2  0.2(52 ) =5 m/s en
2 2
=
5v
an    62.5 (m/s2 )
 0.4 T q N man

dv
at   0.4t  0.4(5)  2 m/s 2
dt

## Substitute into equations of motion

Fn  man Ft  mat
N  3.0(62.5) T  3.0(2)

N  187.5 N T  6.0 N
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et
mat
How would the problem
change if motion was in the
en
=
vertical plane?
T q N man
You would add an mg term mg
and would also need to
calculate q

## Only at the very beginning, when starting to accelerate.

In most applications, an >> at

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Concept Question

B
C
A

## A car is driving from A to D on the curved path shown. D

The driver is doing the following at each point:

## A – going at a constant speed B – stepping on the accelerator

C – stepping on the brake D – stepping on the accelerator

## Draw the approximate direction of the car’s acceleration

at each point.
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## Hydraulic actuators and

extending robotic arms are
and transverse coordinates.

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Eqs of Motion in Radial & Transverse Components
• Consider particle at r and q, in polar coordinates,

 r
F  mar  m 
r  r q 2
 
 Fq  maq  mrq  2rq 

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Sample Problem 12.7
SOLUTION:
• Write the radial and transverse
equations of motion for the block.
• Integrate the radial equation to find an
• Substitute known information into the
A block B of mass m can slide freely on transverse equation to find an
a frictionless arm OA which rotates in a expression for the force on the block.
horizontal plane at a constant rate q0 .
Knowing that B is released at a distance
r0 from O, express as a function of r
a) the component vr of the velocity of B
along OA, and
b) the magnitude of the horizontal force
exerted on B by the arm OA.

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Sample Problem 12.7
• Integrate the radial equation to find an
dv dv dr dv
r  vr  r  r  vr r
dt dr dt dr
dv dv dr dv
r  vr  r  r  vr r
dt dr dt dr
vr dvr  rq 2 dr  rq02 dr
SOLUTION: vr r
 vr dvr  q0  r dr
• Write the radial and transverse 2

 
equations of motion for the block. 0 r0

##  F q  m aq : F  mrq  2rq  • Substitute known information into the

transverse equation to find an expression
for the force on the block.

F  2mq 02 r 2
 r0 
2 12

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Group Problem Solving
SOLUTION:
• Draw the FBD and KD for the collar.
• Write the equations of motion for the
collar.
• Determine kinematics of the collar.
• Combine the equations of motion with
kinematic relationships and solve.

The 3-kg collar B slides on the frictionless arm AA. The arm is attached to
drum D and rotates about O in a horizontal plane at the rate q  0.75t where q
and t are expressed in rad/s and seconds, respectively. As the arm-drum
assembly rotates, a mechanism within the drum releases the cord so that the
collar moves outward from O with a constant speed of 0.5 m/s. Knowing that
at t = 0, r = 0, determine the time at which the tension in the cord is equal to
the magnitude of the horizontal force exerted on B by arm AA.
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Group Problem Solving
SOLUTION: • Given: q  0.75t r (0)  0
r  5 m/s
• Find: time when T = N
Draw the FBD and KD of the collar
maq
eq
er mar
=
T N

## Write the equations of motion

Fr  mar Fq  mB aq

## T  m(r  rq 2 ) N  m(rq  2rq )

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r  5 m/s
Kinematics : find expressions for r and q r t

 0
dr   0
0.5 dt

## q  0.75 rad/s2 r  (0.5t ) m

r 0
Substitute values into ar , aq

## aq  rq  2rq  [(0.5t ) m][0.75 rad/s2 ]  2(0.5 m/s)[(0.75t ) rad/s]

 (1.125t ) m/s2
Substitute into equation of motion Set T = N
Fr  mar :  T  (3 kg)(0.28125t ) m/s 3 2 (0.84375t 3 )  (3.375t )
Fq  mB aq : N  (3 kg)(1.125t ) m/s 2 t 2  4.000
t  2.00 s
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Concept Quiz
e2
e1

Top View v

## The girl starts walking towards the outside of the spinning

platform, as shown in the figure. She is walking at a constant
rate with respect to the platform, and the platform rotates at a
constant rate. In which direction(s) will the forces act on her?
a) +e1 b) - e1 c) +e2 d) - e2
e) The forces are zero in the e1 and e2 directions
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Angular Momentum of a Particle
Satellite orbits are analyzed using conservation
of angular momentum.

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Eqs of Motion in Radial & Transverse Components

## • Consider particle at r and q, in polar coordinates,

 r
F  mar  m 
r  r q 2
 
 Fq  maq  mrq  2rq 
• This result may also be derived from conservation
of angular momentum,

H O  mr 2q

r  Fq 
d
dt

mr 2q 

 m r 2q  2rrq 
 Fq  mrq  2rq 
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Angular Momentum of a Particle
  
• H O  r  mV  moment of momentum or the angular
momentum of the particle about O.
  
• H O is perpendicular to plane containing r and mV
  
H O  rmV sin  i j k

 rm vq HO  x y z
 mr 2q mv x mv y mvz

## • Derivative of angular momentum with respect to time,

        
H O  r  mV  r  mV  V  mV  r  ma

 rF

  MO
• It follows from Newton’s second law that the sum of
the moments about O of the forces acting on the
particle is equal to the rate of change of the angular
momentum of the particle about O.
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Conservation of Angular Momentum
• When only force acting on particle is directed
toward or away from a fixed point O, the particle
is said to be moving under a central force.

## • Since the line of action of the central force passes

through O,  M O  H O  0 and
  
r  mV  H O  constant
• Position vector and motion
 of particle are in a
plane perpendicular to H O .

## • Magnitude of angular momentum,

H O  rmV sin   constant
 r0 mV0 sin 0
or H O  mr 2q  constant
HO angular momentum
 r 2q  h 
m unit mass
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Conservation of Angular Momentum
• Radius vector OP sweeps infinitesimal area
dA  12 r 2 dq

dA 1 2 dq 1 2 
• Define  2r  2 r q  areal velocity
dt dt

## • Recall, for a body moving under a central force,

h  r 2q  constant

## • When a particle moves under a central force, its

areal velocity is constant.

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Newton’s Law of Gravitation
• Gravitational force exerted by the sun on a planet or by
the earth on a satellite is an important example of
gravitational force.
• Newton’s law of universal gravitation - two particles of
mass M and m attract each other with equal and opposite
force directed along the line connecting the particles,
Mm
F G 2
r
G  constant of gravitatio n
12 m3 9 ft 4
 66.73  10  34.4  10
kg  s 2
lb  s 4
• For particle of mass m on the earth’s surface,
MG m ft
W  m 2  mg g  9.81 2  32.2 2
R s s

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Sample Problem 12.8
SOLUTION:
• Since the satellite is moving under a
central force, its angular momentum is
constant. Equate the angular momentum
at A and B and solve for the velocity at B.

## A satellite is launched in a direction

parallel to the surface of the earth
with a velocity of 18820 mi/h from
an altitude of 240 mi. Determine the
velocity of the satellite as it reaches it
maximum altitude of 2340 mi. The
radius of the earth is 3960 mi.

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Sample Problem 12.8
SOLUTION:
• Since the satellite is moving under a
central force, its angular momentum is
constant. Equate the angular momentum
at A and B and solve for the velocity at B.
rm v sin   H O  constant
rA m v A  rB m v B
rA
vB  v A
rB
3960  240mi
 18820mi h 
3960  2340mi
v B  12550 mi h

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Trajectory of a Particle Under a Central Force
• For particle moving under central force directed towards force center,
 
m r  rq 2   Fr   F mrq  2rq    Fq  0

## • Second expression is equivalent to r 2q  h  constant , from which,

h h2 d 2  1 
q  and r   2 2  r 
r2 r dq

d 2u F 1
 u  where u 
dq 2 mh 2u 2 r

## • If F is a known function of r or u, then particle trajectory may be

found by integrating for u = f(q), with constants of integration
determined from initial conditions.

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Application to Space Mechanics
• Consider earth satellites subjected to only gravitational pull
of the earth,
d 2u F 1 GMm
u  where u  F  GMmu 2
dq 2 mh 2u 2 r r2
d 2u GM
u   constant
dq 2
h 2

## • Solution is equation of conic section,

1 GM Ch 2
u   2 1   cosq    eccentricity
r h GM

## • Trajectory may be ellipse, parabola, or hyperbola depending

on value of eccentricity.

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Application to Space Mechanics
• Trajectory of earth satellite is defined by
1 GM Ch2
 2 1   cosq    eccentricity
r h GM

## • hyperbola,  > 1 or C > GM/h2. The radius vector

becomes infinite for
1  1  1  GM 
1   cosq1  0 q1   cos      cos 
   C h2 
 
• parabola,  = 1 or C = GM/h2. The radius vector
becomes infinite for
1  cosq 2  0 q 2  180

## • ellipse,  < 1 or C < GM/h2. The radius vector is finite

for q and is constant, i.e., a circle, for  < 0.

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Application to Space Mechanics
• Integration constant C is determined by conditions
at beginning of free flight, q =0, r = r0 ,
1 GM  Ch 2 
 2 1 cos 0 
r0 h  GM 

1 GM 1 GM
C  2  
r0 h r0 r0 v0 2

## • Satellite escapes earth orbit for

  1 or C  GM h 2  GM r0 v0 2
2GM
vesc  v0 
r0

## • Trajectory is elliptic for v0 < vesc and becomes

circular for  = 0 or C = 0,
GM
vcirc 
r0
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Application to Space Mechanics
• Recall that for a particle moving under a central
force, the areal velocity is constant, i.e.,
dA 1 2  1
 2 r q  2 h  constant
dt
• Periodic time or time required for a satellite to
complete an orbit is equal to area within the orbit
divided by areal velocity,
 ab 2 ab
 
h2 h

where a  12 r0  r1 
b  r0 r1

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Sample Problem 12.9
SOLUTION:
• Trajectory of the satellite is described by
1 GM
 2  C cosq
r h
Evaluate C using the initial conditions
at q = 0.
A satellite is launched in a direction
• Determine the maximum altitude by
parallel to the surface of the earth
finding r at q = 180o.
with a velocity of 36,900 km/h at an
altitude of 500 km. • With the altitudes at the perigee and
apogee known, the periodic time can
Determine:
be evaluated.
a) the maximum altitude reached by
the satellite, and
b) the periodic time of the satellite.

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Sample Problem 12.9
SOLUTION:
• Trajectory of the satellite is described by
1 GM
 2  C cosq
r h
Evaluate C using the initial conditions
at q = 0.
r0  6370  500 km 1 GM
C  2
r0 h
 6.87  106 m
km 1000 m/km 1 398  1012 m3 s 2
v 0  36900   
h 3600 s/h 6.87  10 m
6
70.4 m s
2 2

##  10.25  103 m s  65.3  109 m-1

 
h  r0v0  6.87  106 m 10.25  103 m s 
 70.4  109 m 2 s

 
GM  gR 2  9.81m s 2 6.37  106 m 2
 398  1012 m3 s 2
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Sample Problem 12.9
• Determine the maximum altitude by finding r1
at q = 180o.
1 GM 398  1012 m3 s 2 9 1
 2 C   
 
65.3 10
r1 h 2 2 m
70.4 m s
r1  66.7  106 m  66700 km
max altitude  66700 - 6370km  60300 km

## • With the altitudes at the perigee and apogee known,

the periodic time can be evaluated.
a  12 r0  r1   12 6.87  66.7   106 m  36.8  106 m
b  r0 r1  6.87  66.7  106 m  21.4  106 m


 
2 ab 2 36.8  106 m 21.4  106 m

h 70.4  109 m 2 s

##   70.3  103 s  19 h 31min

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Kepler’s Laws of Planetary Motion

## • Results obtained for trajectories of satellites around earth may also be

applied to trajectories of planets around the sun.

## • Properties of planetary orbits around the sun were determined

astronomical observations by Johann Kepler (1571-1630) before
Newton had developed his fundamental theory.
1) Each planet describes an ellipse, with the sun located at one of its
foci.
2) The radius vector drawn from the sun to a planet sweeps equal
areas in equal times.
3) The squares of the periodic times of the planets are proportional to
the cubes of the semimajor axes of their orbits.