2.004 Dynamics and Control II

Spring 2008

A diagram of a boat on autopilot, deviating from the desired course, with a block diagram of the feedback system that controls it.
A ship's autopilot uses dynamic feedback to adjust its heading compared to the compass setting. (Image by Prof. Rowell.)

Course Highlights

This course contains a full set of lecture notes, and many handouts by Prof. Rowell on various topics.

Course Description

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Create lumped parameter models (expressed as ODEs) of simple dynamic systems in the electrical and mechanical energy domains
  • Make quantitative estimates of model parameters from experimental measurements
  • Obtain the time-domain response of linear systems to initial conditions and/or common forcing functions (specifically; impulse, step and ramp input) by both analytical and computational methods
  • Obtain the frequency-domain response of linear systems to sinusoidal inputs
  • Compensate the transient response of dynamic systems using feedback techniques
  • Design, implement and test an active control system to achieve a desired performance measure

Mastery of these topics will be assessed via homework, quizzes/exams, and lab assignments.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .zip and .m.

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Prof. Derek Rowell

Course Meeting Times

2 sessions / week
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