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Week
1

Week 1

6 hours to complete

Continuous Systems and Rigid Bodies

6 hours to complete
19 videos (Total 158 min)
19 videos
Module 1 Introduction53s
Overview of Kinetics2m
1: Continuous System Super Particle Theorem13m
2: Continuous System Kinetic Energy9m
3: Continuous System Linear Momentum2m
4: Continuous System Angular Momentum7m
Optional Review: Continuous Momentum and Energy Properties19m
5: Rigid Body Angular Momentum6m
6: Rigid Body Inertia Tensor3m
6.1: Rigid Body Inertia about Alternate Points3m
6.2: Rigid Body Inertia about Alternate Body Axes6m
7: Rigid Body Kinetic Energy6m
8: Rigid Body Equations of Motion13m
8.1: Integrating Rigid Body Equations of Motion1m
8.2 Example: Slender Rod Falling19m
(Tips for Solving Spring Particle Systems)5m
Optional Review: Rigid Body Properties14m
Optional Review: Rigid Body Equations of Motion19m
9 practice exercises
Concept Check 1 - Super Particle Theorem30m
Concept Check 2 - Kinetic Energy40m
Concept Check 3 - Linear Momentum5m
Concept Check 4 - Angular Momentum5m
Concept Check 5 - Rigid Body Angular Momentum10m
Concept Check 6 - Parallel Axis Theorem6m
Concept Check 6.1 - Coordinate Transformation30m
Concept Check 7 - Kinetic Energy8m
Concept Check 8 - Equations of Motion40m
Week
2

Week 2

7 hours to complete

Torque Free Motion

7 hours to complete
17 videos (Total 166 min)
17 videos
1: Torque Free Motion Polhode Plots33m
1.1 Example: Special Polhode Plots3m
2: Torque Free Motion Axisymmetric Solution5m
3: Torque Free Motion General Inertia Case14m
4: Torque Free Motion Integrals of Motion6m
5: Torque Free Motion Phase Space Plots9m
5 Example: Phase Space Plots for Varying Energy Levels4m
6: Torque Free Motion Attitude Precession11m
6 Example: Phase Space Plot of Duffing Equation4m
Optional Review: Torque Free Motion10m
7: Dual Spinner Equations of Motion11m
8: Dual Spinner Spin Equilibria7m
9: Dual Spinner Linear Stability11m
9 Example: Dual Spinner Stability10m
9.1: Spin Up Considerations13m
Optional Review: Dual Spinner EOM and Equilibria7m
9 practice exercises
Concept Check 1 - Rigid Body Polhode Plots30m
Concept Check 2 - Torque Free Motion with Axisymmetric Body30m
Concept Check 3 - Torque Free Motion General Inertia1h 10m
Concept Check 4 - Torque Free Motion Integrals of Motion30m
Concept Check 5 - Torque Free Motion Phase Space Plots30m
Concept Check 6 - Torque Free Motion Precession15m
Concept Check 7 - Dual Spinner Equations of Motion15m
Concept Check 8 - Dual Spinner Equilibria30m
Concept Check 9 - Dual Spinner Linear Stability25m
Week
3

Week 3

2 hours to complete

Gravity Gradients

2 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 77 min)
7 videos
1: Gravity Gradient Torque Development19m
1.1: Gravity Gradient Torque in Body Frame7m
1.2: Gravity Gradient Net Spacecraft Force9m
2: Gravity Gradient Relative Equilibria Orientations10m
3: Gravity Gradient Linear Stability about Equilibria22m
Extra Example: Gravity Gradient Polar Pear Mission5m
3 practice exercises
Concept Check 1 - Gravity Gradient Derivation15m
Concept Check 2 - Gravity Gradient Equilibria6m
Concept Check 3 - Gravity Gradient Linear Stability30m
Week
4

Week 4

6 hours to complete

Equations of Motion with Momentum Exchange Devices

6 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 95 min)
7 videos
1: Introduction to Momentum Exchange Devices2m
1.2: Overview of Momentum Control Devices16m
2: VSCMG Equations of Motion Development41m
3: VSCMG Motor Torque Equations8m
4: VSCMG EOM Variations9m
Optional Review of Momentum Exchange Devices15m
4 practice exercises
Concept Check 1 - Overview of Momentum Exchange Devices30m
Concept Check 2 - VSCMG Equations of Motion1h
Concept Check 3 - VSCMG Motor Torque Equations30m
Concept Check 4 - VSCMG EOM Variations30m

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