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Dynamics of Particles and Rigid Bodies by Anil Rao

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Chapter 5

Kinetics of Rigid Bodies

If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true is really true, there would be little hope of advance.

- Orville Wright (1871–1948)

U.S. Inventor Who, with His Brother Wilbur Wright, Achieved the First Powered, Sustained, and Controlled Airplane Flight.

Until now we have been concerned with the kinetics of particles, i.e., the kinetics of objects that have nonzero finite mass but do not occupy any physical space. Furthermore, in Section 2.15 of Chapter 2 we studied the kinematics of motion of a rigid body. In this chapter we turn our attention to the kinetics of rigid bodies. To this end, the objectives of this chapter are threefold: (1) to describe quantitatively the forces and moments ...

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