2.004 Dynamics and Control II

As taught in: 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.)




Prof. Derek Rowell

Course Features

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.