ENES 221 - Dynamics

3 Credits


Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics, 14th Edition, by R. C. Hibbeler, published by Pearson. 

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ENES 102
MATH 141
PHYS 161


  • Systems of heavy particles and rigid bodies at rest and in motion. Force-acceleration, work-energy and impulse-momentum relationships. Motion of one body relative to another in a plane and in space.
  • Requirement for the following UMCP engineering programs: Civil Engineering - Geotechnical/Structural track; Fire Protection Engineering; Mechanical Engineering.


  • The student will be able to understand and apply physics concepts to determine the motion of rigid bodiesand particles under the action of known applied loads or to determine the loads producing known motions. The course emphasizes developing techniques for engineering problem solving. The physical concepts and the problem solving skills developed in this class are used extensively in later engineering courses such as vibrations, fluid mechanics, and mechanical design. 


  • Kinematics of point objects and rigid body motion in a plane
  • Equations of motion as described by Newton's second law (kinetics) for both point objects and rigid bodies.
  • Work/energy concepts for point objects and rigid bodies
  • Impulse/momentum concepts for point objects and rigid bodies, with specific applications concerning elastic and inelastic collisions

Learning Outcomes 

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems

Class/Laboratory Schedule 

The University of Maryland follows the Maryland Higher Education Commission's policies on "contact hours;" specifically, one semester hour of credit will be awarded for a minimum of 15 hours, of 50 minutes each of actual class time, exclusive of registration, study days, and holidays.

Last Updated By 
Kenneth Kiger, June 2017