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ME 435 System Dynamics

Catalog Description

ME 435 System Dynamics (3). Prerequisites: EAC 205 and ME 311. Modeling of mechanical, fluid, electrical, thermal, and mixed systems. Determination of time and frequency domain response of such systems to transient and periodic inputs. Specific applications.

Prerequisites by Topic

  1. Differential equations
  2. Engineering measurements


D. Karnopp, D.L. Margolis, and R.C. Rosenberg, System Dynamics: Modeling and Simulation of Mechatronic Systems, John Wiley & Sons, 4th Edition, 2006.


K. Ogata, System Dynamics, Second Edition, Prentice Hall, 1992. E.O. Doebelin, System Modeling and Response: Theoretical and Experimental Approaches, John Wiley & Sons, 1980.


P.M. Quesada, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

Course Objectives

This course gives fourth year mechanical engineering students the ability to model, analyze, and optimize mechanical, fluid, electrical, and thermal systems.


  1. Unified Approach for modeling physical systems (5 classes)
  2. Specific considerations for modeling mechanical, electrical, fluid, thermal, and mixed domain systems including constant, time varying, linear, and non-linear element parameterization (14 classes)
  3. Input/output causation within physical systems (3 classes)
  4. Linear and non-linear state equation development (3 classes)
  5. Quantitative description of dynamic system behavior (3 classes)
  6. Transform solutions of differential equations (3 classes)
  7. Time and frequency domain response of first order, second order and, general linear systems (4 classes)
  8. Discrete simulation of dynamic systems (3 classes)
  9. Tests, quizzes, and final examination (4 classes and 2½ hours)

Laboratory Projects


Computer Use

  1. Students are required to utilize computational software applications to perform digital simulation of a complex system.
  2. Students are required to utilize computational software to compute and to graphically present temporal and frequency domain responses of dynamic systems.

Class/Laboratory Schedule

Three 50 minute sessions per week devoted to lecture, discussion, and problem solving.


Course grade is based upon homework, quizzes, midterm examinations, a design analysis problem, and a final exam.

Professional Component Contribution

Engineering science: 3 credits.

Relationship to Program Objectives

This course supports Mechanical Engineering program objectives by developing:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • An ability to identify, formulate and solve problems in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern tools necessary for the practice of mechanical engineering.
Prepared by P.M. Quesada, March 2006
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