Syllabus for ME 370
System Dynamics and Control
Spring 2019
Course description
This course is an introduction to the mathematical modeling and control of systems of electrical, mechanical, fluid, thermal, and interdomain (e.g. electromechanical) elements. A system dynamical approach is used, which allows different energy domains to be modeled within a unified framework. Analysis includes the timedomain and frequencydomain. Control systems topics include stability, steadystate errors, and rootlocus design. (Adapted from the course catalog.)
General information
 Office Hours
 WF 12–1 and MWF 1–2
 Location
 Cebula 105
 A2 Times
 MWF 2:00–2:50 am
 B2 Times
 MWF 11:00–11:50 am
 Website
 ME 370 Website
 Moodle
 ME 370 Moodle
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Textbooks
(RW) Derek Rowell and David N. Wormley. System Dynamics: An Introduction. Prentice Hall, 1997. (Required.)
(Ni) Norman S. Nise. Control Systems Engineering. Seventh Edition. Wiley, 2015. (Required. Old editions ok, but homework from Seventh.)
Homebrew texts and notes
Partial texts (with fillins) I’m writing will be posted on the Dynamic Systems: an introduction and Control: an introduction pages.
These texts are being constantly revised, so you have two printing options I recommend (both in color!):
 Have a service such as that of the SMU Computer Resource Center print them in bulk for you. Whichever printing service you use, I recommend binding them such that pages can be replaced (e.g. threering bindable) in case there are major revisions to a section during the term.
 Print each week’s lectures ondemand, yourself, when I give the “ok to print” signal. This is more tedious and requires more organization, but it’s at least a bit less paper.
In either case, you are required to have a binder (or equivalent) with Dynamic Systems Chapter 05 ready to show by our second class to avoid a 10% deduction on your first quiz grade. (Or you can show me those lectures on your notetaking tablet, if that’s your preferred method.)
Throughout the semester, you should be ready to show these (current) in any class, with threat of 10% quiz grade deductions.
Video lectures
Most lectures will be available online on my YouTube channel. I recommend subscribing and familiarizing yourself with the playlist for this course.
For last year’s lecture videos, see this playlist.
Slack
Everyone is required to join the messaging service called “Slack.” We’ll use it to communicate with each other during the semester. The Slack team you need to join is called drrico. That’s a signup link. Be sure to join the channels #370general2019
and #370homework2019
.
Schedule
The following schedule is tentative.
week  topics introduced  notes  reading  due 

superposition, stability, etc.  DS Ch 05  RW Ch 8  
transient response  DS Ch 06  RW Ch 9  assignment  
statespace response  DS Ch 07  RW Ch 10  assignment  
fluid and thermal elements  DS Ch 08  RW Chs 4 & 6  assignment  
transfer functions  DS Ch 09  RW Ch 12  assignment  
impedancebased modeling  DS Ch 10  RW Ch 13  assignment  
frequency domain analysis  DS Ch 11  RW Ch 14  assignment  
frequency domain analysis  DS Ch 11  RW Ch 15  assignment  
frequency domain analysis  DS Ch 11  RW Ch 15  assignment  
introduction to control systems  Co Ch 01  Ni Ch 1  assignment Mid. Exam 

control system stability  Co Ch 02  Ni Ch 6  
transient response and steadystate errors  Co Chs 03 & 04  Ni Ch 7  assignment  
rootlocus analysis  Co Ch 05  Ni Ch 8  assignment  
rootlocus design  Co Ch 06  Ni Ch 9  assignment  
rootlocus design  Co Ch 06  Ni Ch 9  assignment  
finals week  Fin. Exam 
Assignments
Assignment #1
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 Do the assigned reading.
 Do Rowell & Wormley homework problems 8.5, 8.9, 8.11, 8.14, 8.15, and 8.18.
 Take the weekly homework quiz.
Assignment #2
 Solution, pword:
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 Do the assigned reading.
 Do Rowell & Wormley homework problems 9.9, 9.19, 9.20, 9.22, and 9.23.
 Take the weekly homework quiz.
Assignment #3
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 Do the assigned reading.
 RW Problems 10.1, 10.5, 10.6, 10.11, 10.12, 10.14, and 10.19. Some of these problems require a computer program to solve. I recommend Matlab or Mathematica, both of which are available in the computer lab.
 Take the weekly homework quiz.
Assignment #4
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 Do the assigned reading.
 RW Problems 4.11, 4.12, 4.13, 4.14, 5.16, 5.17, and 5.19.
 Take the weekly homework quiz.
Assignment #5
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 Do the assigned reading.
 RW Problems 12.1, 12.3, 12.5, 12.7, 12.15, and 12.23.
 Take the weekly homework quiz.
Assignment #6
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 Do the assigned reading.
 RW Problems 13.3, 13.5, 13.9, 13.10, and 13.18.
 Take the weekly homework quiz.
Assignment #7
 Solution, pword:
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 Do the assigned reading.
 RW Problems 14.1, 14.3, 14.4, 14.6.
 Take the weekly homework quiz.
Assignment #8
 Solution, pword:
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 Do the assigned reading.
 RW Problems 14.8 (sketch by hand and check in MATLAB), 14.9, 14.12, and 14.21.
 Take the weekly homework quiz.
Assignment #9
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 Do the assigned reading.
 RW Problems 15.2, 15.3, 15.8, 15.10, 15.11, 15.12, 15.13, 15.17, and 15.18.
 Take the weekly homework quiz.
Assignment #10
 Solution, pword:
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 Do the assigned reading.
 Nise Problems 6.1, 6.5, 6.11, 6.17, 6.19, 6.23, and 6.31.
 Take the weekly homework quiz.
Assignment #11
 Solution, pword:
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 Do the assigned reading.
 Nise Problems 7.3, 7.5, 7.16, and 7.18, and 7.45 (you’ll have to read Section 7.6 for this one).
 Take the weekly homework quiz.
Assignment #12
 Solution, pword:
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 Do the assigned reading.
 Nise Problems 8.2, 8.3, 8.5, 8.11, and 8.18.
 Take the weekly homework quiz.
Assignment #13
 Solution, pword:
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 Do the assigned reading.
 Nise Problems 9.1, 9.2, 9.6, 9.7, 9.8, 9.10, 9.25, 9.27, 9.50.
 Take the weekly homework quiz.
Homework, quiz, & exam policies
Homework & homework quiz policies
Weekly homework will be “due” on Fridays, but it will not be turned in for credit. However — and this is very important — each week a quiz will be given on Friday that will cover that week’s homework.
Quizzes will be available on moodle each Friday (as early as I can get them up), and must be completed by that evening (before midnight). Late quizzes will receive no credit.
Working in groups on homework is strongly encouraged, but quizzes must be completed individually.
Exam policies
The midterm and final exams will be inclass. If you require any specific accommodations, please contact me.
Calculators will be allowed. Only ones own notes and the notes provided by the instructor will be allowed. No communicationdevices will be allowed.
No exam may be taken early. Makeup exams require a doctor’s note excusing the absence during the exam.
The final exam will be cumulative.
Grading policies
Total grades in the course may be curved, but individual homework quizzes and exams will not be. They will be available on moodle throughout the semester.
 Homework quizzes
 25%
 Midterm Exam
 35%
 Final Exam
 40%
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Academic integrity policy
Cheating or plagiarism of any kind is not tolerated and will result in a failing grade (“F”) in the course. I take this very seriously. Engineering is an academic and professional discipline that requires integrity. I expect students to consider their integrity of conduct to be their highest consideration with regard to the course material.
Correlation of course & program outcomes
In keeping with the standards of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, each course is evaluated in terms of its desired outcomes and how these support the desired program outcomes. The following sections document the evaluation of this course.
Desired course outcomes
Upon completion of the course, the following course outcomes are desired:
 students will have a clear and thorough understanding of concepts, principles, and methods of modeling rotationalmechanical, translationalmechanical, electrical, fluid, and thermal systems;
 students will have a clear and thorough understanding of concepts, principles, and methods of modeling the interfaces rotationalmechanical, translationalmechanical, electrical, fluid, and thermal systems;
 students will be able to solve equations of state analytically and numerically;
 students will be able to derive and apply transfer functions;
 students will be able to analyze systems with sinusoidal frequency response methods;
 students will be able to analyze systems with frequency domain methods;
 students will understand basic control system theory;
 students will understand control system stability;
 students will understand steadystate errors; and
 students will be able to use rootlocus techniques and design.
Desired program outcomes
The desired program outcomes are that mechanical engineering graduates have:
 an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
 an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
 an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs;
 an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;
 an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
 an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
 an ability to communicate effectively;
 the broad education necessary to understanding the impact of engineering solutions in a global and social context;
 a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in lifelong learning;
 a knowledge of contemporary issues; and
 an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
Correlation of outcomes
The following table correlates the desired course outcomes with the desired program outcomes they support.
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