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CIVE 261 - Engineering Mechanics-Dynamics

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Dynamics is a course in engineering mechanics which is concerned with the motion of bodies under the action of forces. The study of dynamics has numerous engineering applications; the mechanical design of an automobile or bicycle, the path of a projectile, or even the design of highways. It will also help you interpret the movement of all moving objects we encounter in our daily lives. We will cover kinematics and kinetics of both particles and rigid bodies, including the concepts of work-energy and impulse-momentum; computer applications; vector notation.


CIVE 260 (Engineering Mechanics-Statics)

Important Information

This course requires students to set up a proctor for paper-based exams.

Textbooks and Materials

Please check the CSU Bookstore for textbook information. Textbook listings are available at the CSU Bookstore about 3 weeks prior to the start of the term.



Jordan Jarrett

A little background on myself – I was born and raised in Colorado, and I received my Bachelor’s and Masters at CSU. I fell in love with teaching during my Masters program and decided to get my Ph.D. at Virginia Tech. My classes and research focused on the analysis and design of steel structures under earthquake loading. After my doctorate, I decided to go into the consulting world to get some practical experience before considering a teaching career path. I worked as a structural engineering at Magnusson Klemencic Associates (MKA) in Seattle for nearly 7 years. In that time, I was able to work on numerous amazing projects across the country, including the Amazon campus in Seattle and 150 N. Riverside in Chicago. As with many engineering careers, I transitioned into more managerial roles as I progressed along my career path. As my day-to-day work became less technical, the part of the being a project manager that I enjoyed the most was the mentoring. I loved sharing my knowledge with younger engineers and helping them grow. I decided to transition back to academia, where I could focus on mentoring / teaching. I taught at Seattle University for one year, and now I am excited to be back at my alma mater as an Assistant Teaching Professor! I believe that my role as your teacher is to prepare you for your future careers and to inspire you to be lifelong learners. I hope you will keep me accountable to this goals, and I welcome and encourage feedback or suggestions at any time. I promise to be accommodating, understanding, and accessible as we continue to move through this time together.