MAE 4730/5730, Fall 2018:  
Intermediate Dynamics 

 This is a shell, duplicated from fall 2017. In process of updating, Still. Most recent update  on  Sept 25, 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

Course communications use Piazza: Please register, check for course news, and use Piazza to ask questions and make comments.

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
Exams and grading
: Grade determined by homeworks, project, prelims and final exam. All other things being exactly equal, 4730 students will tend to have higher grades.
                                  Prelims: 1)  10/16/2018 Tuesday,  Philips 203,  7:30 PM   90 minutes+  (Up to 90 minutes extra)
                                                 2)  11/15/2018  Thursday, Gates G01,  7:30 PM   90 minutes+,  comprehensive
                                  Final:   Thursday Dec 13, 9 AM. No extra time (unless you have a note).  Comprehensive. No notes. No calculators.

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
6. 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   Lecture notes by Kevin Kircher (5 MB)
Fall 2013 4730/5730  v1: Bryan Peele lecture notes, v2: Michael Pecorino Lecture notes
Fall 2014 4730/5730,   Notes and exams available on that page
Fall 2015 4730/5730, Notes and exams available on that page
Fall 2016 4730/5730
Fall 2017 4730/5730
Prelims and exams  from 2012-2014, all.   Some solutions on previous years course www pages.

email to Andy Ruina <>