5. EGR 345 - Course Name: Dynamic Systems Modeling and Control Syllabus


Academic Unit: Padnos School of Engineering

Semester: Fall 2001


Class Times: Lecture: 1-2pm - Mon, Wed, Fri in DEV136E

Lab 1: 8-11am - Tue - Dr. Jack, KEB 205

Lab 2: 1-4pm - Tue - Dr. Blauch, KEB 205

Lab 3: 8-11am - Thurs - Dr. Blauch, KEB 205

Lab 4: 8-11am - Fri - Dr. Blauch, KEB 205


Description: Mathematical modeling of mechanical, electrical, fluid, and thermal dynamic

systems involving energy storage and transfer by lumped parameter linear

elements. Topics include model building, Laplace transforms, transfer

functions, system response and stability, Fourier methods, frequency response

feedback control, control methods, and computer simulation. Emphasis on

linear mechanical systems. Laboratory.


Prerequisites: Admission to the school of engineering (including CS 162, EGR 209, EGR 214, MTH 302, ENG 150)

Corequisites: EGR 314 - Dynamics


Instructor: Dr. Hugh Jack,

Office: 718 Eberhard Center

Office hours: TBA

Phone: 771-6755

Email: jackh@gvsu.edu

Web: http://claymore.engineer.gvsu.edu


Textbook: Jack, H. EGR345 Dynamic Systems Modeling and Control,

Grand Valley State University


Reference: Frank Ayres, Jr., Philip A. Schmidt, College Mathematics; Schaum's Outlines,

Second Edition, McGraw-Hill, 1992.



Software: Mathcad

Working Model 2D

Netscape Communicator




C/C++ compiler


Goals: The main objective of this course is to develop your knowledge and ability to

mathematically model, simulate, and analyze dynamic systems. In the lab you

will study the time and frequency response of dynamic systems and further

develop your laboratory, data analysis, and report writing skills. During this

course you will practice the application of differential equations to the

solution of practical engineering problems and then verify some of these

solutions in the laboratory. The overall goal is to improve your engineering

problem solving ability in the area of time-varying systems.

Another major objective is to improve your technical writing skills. To this

end, this course has been designated a supplemental writing skills (SWS)

course and significant time and effort will be spent on writing instruction and

the creation of technical reports.


Instruction Methods: Lecture, discussion, laboratories, assignments and projects.


Prerequisite Topics: 1. Electric circuits

2. Statics

3. Trigonometry, algebra, matrices

4. Calculus and differential equations

5. Computer applications and programming in C

6. Physics


Topics: 1. Introduction and math review

2. Translation

3. Calculus and differential equations

4. Numerical methods

5. Rotation

6. Input-output equations

7. Circuits

8. Feedback controllers

9. Fourier and root-locus analysis

10. Converting between analog and digital

11. Sensors

12. Actuators


Grading: Design project 10%

Labs and SWS writing skills 40%

Assignments 10%

Quizzes and final exam 40%


Note: A student must obtain above 50% in ALL components of the

grading above to receive a passing grade in the course.


Tests and assignments will be given at natural points during the term as new

material is covered. Laboratory work will be assigned to reinforce lecture

material and expose the student to practical aspects of systems modeling

and control. Special attention will be paid to writing skills in the laboratories.

A final examination will be given to conclude the work, and test the

students global comprehension of the material. A design project will be done in

class to emphasize lecture and lab topics. Details of this will be announced



SWS Required Statement:

This course is designated SWS (Supplemental Writing Skills). As a result you

MUST have already taken and passed ENG150 with a grade of C or better,

or have passed the advanced placement exam with a score of 3 or higher.

If you have not already done this, please see the instructor.


The official university SWS statement is:

“ This course is designated SWS (Supplemental Writing Skills). Completion of English 150 with a grade of C or better (not C-) is the prerequisite. SWS credit will not be given to a student who completes the course before the prerequisite. SWS courses adhere to certain guidelines. Students turn in a total of at least 3,000 words or writing during the term. Part of that total may be essay exams, but a substantial amount of it is made up of finished essays or reports or research papers. The instructor works with the students on revising drafts of their papers, rather than simply grading the finished pieces of writing. At least four hours of class time are devoted to writing instruction. At least one third of the final grade in the course is based on the writing assignments.”


SWS Practical Implementation:

The main source of writing grades are the laboratories and they are worth 40%

of the final grade. You may look at all of this grade as writing. If the level of

writing is not acceptable it will be returned for rewriting and it will be awarded

partial marks. It is expected that the level of writing improve based upon

feedback given for previous laboratory reports. A lab that would have received

a grade of ‘A’ at the beginning of the term may very well receive an ‘F’ at the

end of the term. It is expected that a typical lab will include 500-1000 words,

and there will be approximately 10 labs in the course. Writing instruction will

be given in the labs at appropriate times and this will total four hours.


Grading Scale: A 100 - 90

A- 89-80

B+ 79-77

B 76-73

B- 72-70

C+ 69-67

C 66-63

C- 62-60

D+ 59-57

D 56-55