Official Syllabus – Abbreviated/Formatted Syllabus
Date 
Topic 
Due Dates 
1/24  Lecture: Introduction Assign HW #1 Problems (M1, M1c, and M2c), Due Wed. 2/7 in class 

1/26  Lecture: Review of velocity and acceleration using a moving reference frame (G3.5, p. 134) Lecture Slides – Mod2 – NewtonEuler 

1/29  Lecture: Review of NewtonEuler Equations of Motion (G6.1, p. 296)  
1/31  Lecture: Review of NE for Systems of Rigid Bodies (G6.3, p. 331)  
1/31(PM)  Lecture: Review of Lagrange’s Equations (G7.5, p. 446) Lecture Slides – Mod3 – Lagrange, Document Camera Notes 

2/2  Lecture: Review of Numerical Integration (G7.6) Matlab Scripts 

2/5  Lecture: Lagrange with Constrained Gen. Coordinates (G8.1). 2D Crankshaft Example revisited Assign HW #2 – Due Fri 2/16 in class 

2/7  Lec: RF Switch Example (Forced Transient Response). Golf club shaft example.  HW #1 due 
2/7(PM)  Lecture: (continued) Boat (nonholonomic) example  
2/9  Lecture: Rotation Matrices/Euler Angles (G3.1, K3.2) Assign HW #3 – Due Wed 2/21 in class 

2/12,14  Optional: Meet in class to work on HW#2 with Grader 

2/16  Lecture: Euler’s Equations in Euler Coordinates (K3.3.2) Remedial Assignment HW #1a, Due Mon. 2/19 in class 
HW #2 due 
2/19  Lecture: Integrability of Angular Velocity Components (K3.3.34), Integration of EOM example, Lagrange EOM in Matlab  HW #1a due 
2/21  Lecture: Coordinates for Attitude Tracking (K4.01)  HW #3 due 
2/23  Lecture: (continued) Assign HW #4 – Due Fri 3/2 in class 

2/26  Lecture: (continued and Matlab help on HW#4)  
2/28  Lecture: Integrating EOM using Quaternions (K4.2)  
3/2  Lecture: TorqueFree Motion for a General Rigid Body (G10, K5) Assign HW #5 – Due Wed 3/7 in class 
HW #4 due 
3/5  Lecture: Example 10.1 and Stability for Arbitrary Body (G10)  
3/7  Lecture: continued  HW #5 due 
3/9  Lecture: Poinsot’s Solution for Torque Free Body Assign HW #6 – Due Fri 3/16 in class 

3/12  Lecture: Finish Poinsot’s Solution, Passive Attitude Control  
3/14  Lecture: Attitude Control (K7)  
3/16  Lecture: Attitude Control – Reaction Wheels and CMGs (K7)  HW #6 due 
3/19  Lecture: Attitude Control – continued  
3/21  Exam #1 Lagrange’s Equations, Rotation Matrices, Quaternions (through HW#4) Practice Exam 

3/23  Lecture CANCELED  
3/244/1  Spring Break  
4/2  Lecture CANCELED  
4/4  Review Exam #1  
4/6  Lecture CANCELED – Engineering Expo – Study Kammer’s notes, Sec. 9.3 p204213 and begin on the homework below. Assign Homework #7 – Due Fri 4/13 in class 

4/9  Lecture: De Spin – Yoyo and Boom Extension Wrap up  
4/11  Lecture: Gravity Gradients  
4/13  Lecture: Gravity Gradient Stabilization Also read self guided study notes here and this document on the RouthHurwitz criteria. Assign Homework #8– Due Friday 4/20 in class 
HW #7 due 
4/16  Lecture: Intro to MultiBody Dynamics and Chrono  
4/18  Lecture: MultiBody Dynamics and Chrono (cont)  
4/20  Lecture: Install Chrono (personal laptops) and run demos Installation Instructions are on this page. Assign Homework #9 – Use Chrono to solve two problems, due Wed 4/25 at 10PM 
HW #8 due 
4/23  Lecture: Discuss Design Project, Chrono work in class  
4/25  4/25 – Lecture: Chrono work in class  HW #9 due 
4/27  Lecture: Example CMG control  
4/30  Lecture: Further examples of project analysis  Design Project Progress Reports Due (4/30 at 5PM) 
5/2  Lecture: Further examples of project analysis  
5/4  Lecture: Review for final exam  Design Project Final Reports Due (5/4 at Midnight) 
5/7  Final Exam: 5/7/2018, Monday, 7:45AM – 9:45AM, Room TBD 