However, students are expected to be proficient in First Year Mathematics and Sciences and access to good reference books are highly recommended. Students are assumed to have a working knowledge of the Mac OS X or Microsoft Windows operating systems. The strategic goal of the course and book is to provide learners with an appreciation for the role computation plays in solving engineering problems. MATLAB specific skills that students are expected to be proficient at are: write scripts to solve engineering problems including interpolation, numerical integration and regression analysis, plot graphs to visualize, analyze and present numerical data, and publish reports.
Covered are free and forced, undamped and damped responses, in both the frequency and time domain. The textbook focuses on linear time-invariant (LTI) systems, with time- and Laplace-solutions of the governing ordinary differential equations (ODEs). First-, second-, and fourth-order systems are included and considered. The time constant is presented for first-order LTI systems, and natural frequency, damping ratio, and resonance are presented for second-order LTI systems. Translational and rotational systems mechanical systems are included, with inertial, spring, and damping elements. Electrical circuit LTI systems with resistors, capacitors, inductors, and operational amplifiers are also presented. MATLAB software is applied as a tool and for examples throughout the book. Some examples and applications specific to Aerospace Engineering are presented throughout. System identification from experimental data and homework problems with real and simulated data are featured