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ME 206 Dynamics

Catalog Description

ME 206 Mechanics II: Dynamics (3). Prerequisites: ENGR 102, CEE 205, and PHYS 298. Note: Credit may not be received for both ME 206 and CEE 207. Study of the motions and forces of engineering systems. Kinematics and kinetics of particles; equations of motion. Energy and momentum methods. Introduction to rigid body dynamics. Engineering applications.

Prerequisites by Topic

  1. Statics
  2. Differentiation and integration
  3. Vector algebra


J.L. Meriam, L.G. Kraige, Engineering Mechanics - Dynamics, 5th edition, Wiley, 2002.


R. Hibbler, Engineering Mechanics, Vol. 2, Dynamics, 9th edition, Prentice-Hall, 2001.


T.E. Berfield, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

Course Learning Outcomes

This course is designed to give engineering students an understanding of the fundamental concepts of particle and rigid body dynamics and the ability to apply these concepts to practical problems.

Topics Covered

  1. Kinematics of particles (9 classes)
  2. Kinetics of particles (14 classes)
  3. Kinematics of rigid bodies (8 classes)
  4. Kinetics of rigid bodies (11 classes)
  5. Tests, quizzes, and final examination (3 classes and 2½ hours)

Computer Use


Laboratory Projects


Class/Laboratory Schedule

Three 50 minute sessions per week devoted to lecture, discussion, and problem solving.

Curriculum Criterion Contribution

Engineering science: 3 credits.

Relationship to Program Outcomes

This course supports Mechanical Engineering Department B.Sc. program objectives by developing:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • An ability to identify, formulate and solve problems in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern tools necessary for the practice of mechanical engineering.

Prepared by T.E. Berfield, June 2009

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