MAE 4730/5730, Fall 2018:
Andy Ruina, <email@example.com>
TA/grader: Grace Horton Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This is the second in a three-course sequence.
The first is Dynamics MAE 2030, the third is Advanced
Dynamics, MAE 6700.
Course communications use Piazza: Please register, check for course news, and use Piazza to ask questions and make comments.
Lectures: MWF 11:15 - 12:05
Thurston 205 (First lecture on Friday Aug 24, 2018)
Office hours: Andy Ruina: see Andy's home page, Andy Ruina
Grace Smith: TBD, Thurston 102
Prelims: 1) 10/16/2018 Tuesday, Philips 203, 7:30 PM, 3 problems, 90 minutes+ (Up to 90 minutes extra)
2) 11/15/2018 Thursday, Gates G01, 7:30 PM, 3 problems, 90 minutes+, comprehensive
Final: Thursday Dec 13, 9 AM. No extra time (unless you have a note). 5 problems. Comprehensive. No notes. No calculators.
Grade determined by homeworks, project, prelims and final exam.
60% for 9 best of 11 prelim and final exam questions.
20% for homework (after dropping lowest 3 scores).
20% for final project, including answering questions at the final project and demonstrations of some homework simulations.
Small random bonus points in special cases.
Median student will get a B or B+, depending on overall class performance (both 4730 & 5730).
All numbers being exactly equal, 4730 students will tend to have higher grades.
1. Background mechanics for this class: Ruina & Pratap.
2. Textbooks: no official textbook, but if you like books, here are some options
Dynamics. Any book on Dynamics at a higher level than Ruina and Pratap (above), e.g.Matlab. Any Matlab Primer, say Pratap.
Greenwood, closest in philosophy is Greenwood but its organization is imperfect and it does not emphasize numerical solution.
Synge & Griffith (pdf), a classic great book, not computational. This was Andy's book when he took dynamics as an undergraduate.
Bernstein (pdf), brand new, mathematically precise. Dennis was a co-student, with Andy, in linear algebra as an undergraduate.
O'Reilly, Oliver O'Reilly is now a Berkeley prof. But he first learned dynamics in an earlier version of this very course.
Moon, Francis "Frank" Moon taught this course for many years.
A. Rao, Anil Rao first learned dynamics in 2030 from Andy at Cornell.
3. Practically speaking, you have to have Matlab (through Cornell, free).
4. Some MATLAB examples. Some more examples from Sophomore Dynamics
Rajesh Bhaskaran Tutorial for Cornell Engineering Students
5. Lecture notes for Intermediate Dynamics
Yeolim Jo 2018
Kevin Kircher 2012
Bryan Peele 2013
Michael Pecorino 2013 (or as one big zip file)
Aaron Sandoval 2017 (teeny tiny), Aaron Sandoval 2018 5710 (3D things, teeny tiny)
7. Some old ME and TAM Dynamics Qualifying Exam questions: doc 1, doc 2, doc 3, doc 4
What was the course like in the past?
Fall 2012 4735/5735
Fall 2014 4730/5730,
Fall 2015 4730/5730,
Fall 2016 4730/5730
Fall 2017 4730/5730
Prelims and exams from 2012-2017, with solutions
Buche solutions for all HW and exams from 2017