Prerequisites: ENGR 1121

Credits: 4 ENGR

Hours: 4-0-8

Usually offered: Fall

For information contact: Christopher Lee

Course description: This course contains the analytical and conceptual tools for understanding how mechanical, electrical, and electromechanical systems undergo changes in state. To analyze such systems we will apply both momentum and variational principles to derive the equations of motion. Hands-on demonstrations will illustrate the concepts behind these fundamental tools, and students will work on real world examples from robotics, vehicle systems, spacecraft, and intelligent-structures. Building on the ability to derive the equations of motion for rigid bodies, we extend the analysis to lumped parameter and continuous systems. This course will deliver generic tools for characterizing linear and nonlinear system behavior in the time and frequency domains. The hands-on component of the course will explore the fundamental concepts of system dynamics: system modes (eigenvalues and vectors), spectrum analysis, and time response.

Competencies: qualitative analysis, quantitative analysis, teamwork, communication, lifelong learning, diagnosis