MAE 4730/5730, Fall 2018:  
Intermediate Dynamics 

Most recent update:   Dec 13, 2018.

Professor:   Andy Ruina,   <>        
TA/grader: Grace Horton Smith <>

This is the second  in a  three-course sequence. The first is Dynamics MAE 2030, the third  is Advanced Dynamics, MAE 6700.
ABET Syllabet

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Course information

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
Homework policy

                                  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. Olin 255. 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.

Main Resources

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.
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.
,  Oliver O'Reilly is now a Berkeley prof.  But he first learned dynamics in an earlier version of this very course.
, Francis "Frank" Moon taught this course for many years.
A. Rao
,   Anil Rao first learned dynamics in 2030 from Andy at Cornell.

Matlab. Any Matlab Primer, say Pratap.

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)
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

email to Andy Ruina <>