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4 Credits
Available Spring term

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ME 317 or ME 317H
Matt Campbell
408 Rogers Hall

Course Description

This 4-credit senior elective and an introductory graduate course combines 30 hours of instruction with 20 hours of laboratory assignments (some labs are individuals while others are collaborative). The course focuses on the function, classification, position, velocity, and acceleration of multi-element mechanical linkages. Furthermore, the course discusses design methods and practical information about common mechanisms and mechanism components.


  • Four bar mechanisms (classification and synthesis)
  • Kinematic analysis
  • Gear train kinematics
  • Rotational systems like cams, pulleys and sprockets
  • Introduction to motors and other prime movers

Learning Outcomes

The student, upon completion of this course, will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of Gruebler’s equation.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the Grashof condition.
  3. Perform kinematic analysis of a mechanical linkage
  4. Perform synthesis for multiple specified positions of a mechanical linkage.
  5. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of commercial software packages for linkage analysis, synthesis, and simulation.