• There will be two in-class exams.
  • The 3-hour final exam will be scheduled by the Registrar’s Office.
  • All the exams (including the final) will be closed book.

Grading (percentage of total grade)

Homework: 15%
Exams (2): 30%
Laboratory: 25%
Final: 30%

Practice Sessions

The purpose of the practice sessions will be to give students experience in modeling and computational aspects of dynamics by working out examples, expanding on the material presented in the lectures. Part of the weekly homework will relate to these examples. Attendance in the practice sessions is obligatory.


Participation in the weekly laboratory session is an integral part of the course and attendance is obligatory. Assignment of students to one of the four sections will be completed during the first week of classes. No changes will be allowed after this time.


Homework problems will be assigned each week (typically on Friday) and will be due at the time indicated on each problem set (typically one week later). No late homework will be accepted. You may discuss the problems with others in class, but you must (a) write up your eventual solution independently, and (b) list the names of students with whom you discussed the problem set.


None required. The following books will be placed on reserve in Barker Library:
  • Bedford, A., and W. Fowler. Dynamics. Addison–Wesley, 1995.
  • Palm III, W. J. Modeling, Analysis, and Control of Dynamic Systems. 2nd ed. John Wiley.

Optional reading assignments from these books will be given periodically.

Lecture Notes

In the course of Spring 2003, it is planned to put together a set of lecture notes including worked out examples for use by students taking 2.004. The notes will be posted on the 2.004 website as they become available during the term.