ENGR 012 - Linear Physical Systems Analysis, 2015

Links Assignments* Labs
course topic map

moodle page
Lectures (Video)
Assignment 1
Assignment 2
Assignment 3
Assignment 4
Exam Review 1
Assignment 5
Assignment 6
Assignment 7
Assignment 8
Exam Review 2
Assignment 9
Assignment 10
Assignment 11
Assignment 12
Exam Review 3
Assignment 13
Assignment 14
Exam Review 4
Lab 1: Impulse Response
Lab 2: Numerical Integration
Lab 3: System Identification
Lab 4: Fourier Theory &
the Power of Superposition

Lab 5: Coupled Pendula
(E12 Lab 5 Oral Report Times)

E12 Project
List of Projects


(*) Assignments: E12  I will try to post a preliminary assignment early in the week, and perhaps add to it, so you can can get started on it. The complete assignment will be posted by noon on Fridays.
Assignments are due Mondays by noon unless otherwise specified.  They are to be turned in to Cassy Burnett in the department office (Hicks 203).

(†) files link has link to files including PowerPoints, old exams, class handouts, MATLAB code examples from class....

(‡) Written lecture notes are here as a shared OneNote file.

Course Information

Instructor: Erik Cheever, Hicks 305, x8076, echeeve1
Please feel free to drop by anytime for help.  If you are having trouble finding me, please send email.
Meeting time & place: MWF 8:30-9:20, Hicks 211
Lab time & place: MW 1:15-4:30, Hicks 312a
Problem session: F 2:00, Trotter 201
Academic Resources Coordinator: Ann Ruether, Hicks 307, x8081, aruethe1
Wizards: Jessica Jowdy and Andrew Taylor
Wizards Session, Sunday Evening 7:00 to 9:00, SC 264
Text: This course has no printed textbook.  The following are on reserve:


Coursework Weight
Exam #1 60% Exams count equally
except lowest grade which is weighted
 half as much as others.
Exam #2
Exam #3
Exam #4
(lowest grade will be dropped)
Labs/Project 25%

Policy on working with others

Homework: I encourage you to work together on homework, but don't blindly copy another students work. You should fully understand all solutions to homework before submitting them.
Labs & Projects: I expect labs to be done as a group with your lab partners. You may discuss your lab report with other groups, but you may not copy anything from their reports. Each group will submit a single report (with all members of the group listed).
Exams: Exams are to be solely your own work. The format of exams may vary, but it is never permissible to seek help from another individual. Any outside sources (texts, internet) that are not explicitly allowed in the exam instructions may not be used.

Accommodation Statement

If you believe that you need accommodations for a disability, please contact Leslie Hempling in the Office of Student Disability Services (Parrish 113) or email lhempli1@swarthmore.edu to arrange an appointment to discuss your needs. As appropriate, she will issue students with documented disabilities a formal Accommodations Letter. Since accommodations require early planning and are not retroactive, please contact her as soon as possible. For details about the accommodations process, visit the Student Disability Service Website at http://www.swarthmore.edu/academic-advising-support/welcome-to-student-disability-service. You are also welcome to contact me [the faculty member] privately to discuss your academic needs. However, all disability-related accommodations must be arranged through the Office of Student Disability Services.

Course Outcomes

The desired educational outcomes for this course are listed below.

Students develop equations to model various types of systems (e.g., translating mechanical, rotating mechanical, electrical, thermal).
Students apply transform techniques (e.g., Laplace, Fourier) to solve for system responses in time domain and frequency domain.
Students use transfer function and state-space methods to solve for system responses.
Students use MATLAB, as appropriate, to solve problems.
Students devise methods and carry out measurements to characterize system parameters.
Student works effectively with classmates to solve problems in the laboratory and prepare reports