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System Dynamics (22.554 and 24.509)
Detailed Course Syllabus

The tables below represent a working syllabus for the System Dynamics course. They list the primary subjects to be treated this semester and the associated homework assignment that covers the material on a particular topic. The topics listed directly follow your System Dynamics Lecture Notes (indicated chapters refer to the Lecture Notes). This syllabus is tentative and it will be modified as required to meet the needs of this particular class.

There will be roughly six or seven homework sets and a major term project for this course. During the first part of the semester, the HWs are given at a rate of about one assignment per week (times allocated may be adjusted slightly to account for the difficulty of the particular assignment). The specific problems for each assignment will be given in class and posted on the web as they become available, and the due dates for the assignments will be announced in class.

After completing Chapter 4 in the Lecture Notes and the midterm exam, only a couple of additional standard HW assignments are given. Instead, you are expected to be working on your comprehensive course project, which involves the modeling, simulation, and analysis of a specific dynamic system or process. The project requires a formal proposal, a one-on-one meeting with the instructor to discuss your project status, a formal final report, and a professional oral presentation during the last few classes of the semester.

Introduction and Mathematical Preliminaries
Chapter
Topic
HW Assignment
1
Introduction to the Analysis of Dynamic Systems
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2
Mathematical Background
HW #1 & HW #2

Time and Frequency Domain Simulation Methods
Chapter
Topic
HW Assignment
3
The State Equations and their Time Domain Solution
HW #3 & HW #4
4
Transform and Frequency Domain Methods
HW #5

Midterm Exam

Mathematical Modeling of Engineering Systems
Chapter
Topic
HW Assignment
5
Modeling and Simulating Dynamic Systems with Matlab and Simulink
HW #6
6
Mathematical Modeling of Engineering Systems -- Case Studies
7
Introduction to the Design and Simulation of Controlled Systems
HW #7

Advanced Topics (as time permits)
Chapter
Topic
HW Assignment
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Project Presentations and Final Exam

Last updated by Prof. John R. White (January 2007)

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