Course Meeting Times

Lectures: 2 sessions / week, 1.5 hours / session


2.151 or equivalent exposure to physical system modeling.

Required Textbook

Brown, Forbes T. Engineering System Dynamics. New York, NY: CRC, 2001. ISBN: 9780824706166.

Course Description

This course is about Modeling multi-domain engineering systems at a level of detail suitable for design and control system implementation. It also describes Network representation, state-space models, Multiport energy storage and dissipation, Legendre transforms, Nonlinear mechanics, transformation theory, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian forms, Control-relevant properties. The application examples may include electro-mechanical transducers, mechanisms, electronics, fluid and thermal systems, compressible flow, chemical processes, diffusion, and wave transmission.

Grading Policy


About 6 homework problems will be assigned throughout the term at approximately two-week intervals.

Term Project

Students will be required to select a term project by Lec #8. A brief interim progress report will be required by Lec #16. Term projects must be completed by the last week of the term, at which time a final report will be due. A brief oral presentation of each term project will also be required.

Term Project40%

Ethics Policy


Collaboration on and discussion of homework assignments is encouraged but each student must submit an individual solution. Collaboration on term projects is encouraged provided that some means for clearly identifying individual contributions is proposed and approved by the instructor.

Use of Material from Previous Years

Use of material from prior offerings of this subject in preparing homework assignments defeats the purpose of the assignments and is forbidden.