ARO 406 (Spring 2014) Class Page

Course: ARO 406: Advanced Dynamics and Vibrations of Aerospace Systems (4 units)

Description: This course is intended to provide a basic knowledge of dynamics of aerospace systems. You will obtain an appreciation for vector dynamics, particle and rigid-body dynamics, linear and angular momentum, Lagrangian dynamics, free and forced vibration of discrete and continuous systems, random vibration and response. You will practice skills in engineering analysis and problem solving by both hand analysis and the MATLAB® computer program.

Prerequisite: C or better in ME 215 and MAT 318 (see below)

Section 01: 5:00 PM – 6:50 PM TuTh (35290) Room 17-1211
Section 02: 7:00 PM – 8:50 PM TuTh (35291) Room 17-1635

Text Book 1: H. Curtis, Orbital Mechanics for Engineering Students, Butterworth-Heinemann
Text Book 2: Thorby, Douglas, Structural Dynamics and Vibration in Practice – An Engineering Handbook, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2008

Reference 1: Greenwood, D. T., Principles of Dynamics, Prentice-Hall, 1988.
Reference 2: Nelson, Best, McLean and Potter, Engineering Mechannics: Dynamics’ Schaum’s Outlines, McGraw Hill 2010.


From: Ali Ahmadi 
Date: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 2:45 PM
To: "Donald L. Edberg" 
Cc: Try Lam , "Ashley (CalPoly Aerospace)" , "Gabriel G. Georgiades" 
Subject: Re: ARO 406 prerequisites issues

Don and Try,

C or better in ME 215 is the prereq. for ARO 406. It is in the Univ. Calatog and at BroncoDirect. Without it, students cannot take ARO 406.

The only exception we have made, and can be made now, is that the student got a C -, but is registered to take ME 215 here or the equivalent course elsewhere, at the same time as ARO 406. We will need to see evidence of registration.

We are periodically audited by ABET and kept accountable.




Lecture Notes Link
01 Lecture 00a
02 Lecture 00b
03 In Class
04 EdbergSlides_02.pdf
05 Runge-Kutta Slides
06 EdbergSlides_03.pdf
07 ARO_406_MDOF.pdf


HW Due Date Link
01 04/10/14 HW #1

02 04/22/14 HW #2

03 04/29/14
Similar to the quiz
HW #3

04 05/13/14 HW #4

05 05/27/14 HW #5



Exam Date Comments/Link
Quiz #1 04/24/14 Solution
Quiz #2 (Take Home) Due: 05/13/14 Quiz 2

Quiz #3 05/29/14
Final Exam 06/05/14 In class exam, open book and open notes.


Grades (updated 28-MAY-2014)

Resources For Project/Report

AIAA Paper Template
AIAA Latex Template

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