Lectures: 3 sessions / week, 1 hour / session
Recitations: 2 sessions / week, 1 hour / session
Be able to construct idealized (particle and rigid body) dynamical models and predict model response to applied forces using Newtonian mechanics.
Adhering to high standards of academic integrity is an important part of your undergraduate experience. The standards are obvious when it comes to exams. Collaboration, such as working with others to conceptualize a problem, define approaches to the solution, or debug code, is often a gray area, and faculty in different courses may have different approaches to this issue.
In this course, collaboration is allowed as long as it is identified. Plagiarism, such as copying someone else's solution or MATLAB® code, is not allowed. The write-ups must always be your own. Modifying someone else's code to make it your "own" is unacceptable. In case of doubt, consult the course instructor or the graduate TA.
If you choose to collaborate with other students on the homework problems or the laboratory assignments, indicate their names and the nature of your joint work. Ensure that your collaborator does the same on his/her assignment. A useful discussion of these issues may be found at MIT Academic Integrity.
Each problem set will typically contain a MATLAB problem. MATLAB programming is not an end in itself but a means to investigate more complex phenomena using numerical methods. The MATLAB code itself is not an adequate solution to the problem; you must interpret your numerical results and answer the questions posed. You should approach the problem with the goal to understand and explain the physical phenomena investigated and the behavior of the system for variations of the parameters.
The laboratory assignments involve simulation of orbital mechanical and spacecraft mission planning. The plan for this year's laboratory assignments is to simulate missions to the moon. They require the use of MATLAB. The required analysis, derivations, results and discussion as well as the requested plots need to be turned in on paper on the due date. The code is not to be turned in on paper. Late assignments will not be accepted.
The grade for one problem set and one written concept quiz will be dropped in calculating the final grade.