| Parviz E. Nikravesh, Professor
Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721
Tel: (520) 621-4966
Fax: (520) 621-8191
|On-campus students: T, Th 9:30-10:300 AM; W 11:00 AM-12:00 noon|
Computer-Aided Analysis of Mechanical Systems
Additional notes will be provided during the semester either
as hardcopies or electronically as PDF.
MATLAB is the software package mainly used in this course. Prior knowledlge of MATLAB is necessary. Students must have access to MATLAB in order to complete some of the assignments. Some MATLAB programs will be supplied by the insytructor, and some MATLAB programs will be developed by students.
The covered topics are:
Vector and matrix notation
Additional topics for on-campus students:
A weekly assignment is required to be turned in by the due date. Some of these assignments are designed for hand calculation (pencil-and-paper approach). Students are encouraged to use computational tools to perform the necessary numerical calculations (MATLAB, etc.). Some of the assignments require programming. Students have the choice in choosing their own programming language/tools (MATLAB, Fortran, C, C++, ...). However, the preferred choice is MATLAB since some prepared programs will be provided to students in Matlab. Students must have access to the Matlab software.
Assignments must be prepared and organized neatly. You are encouraged not to prepare the assignments by hand; please use software such as Word and MathType (Equation Editor in Word) to prepare the assignments.
| Submission of Assignments - Students can submit the assignments
or the final report in any of the following forms:
|Late Assignments - Any assignment received passed the due date will be graded with half the credits. Assignments received after the solution is posted will not be graded!|
|At least one or possibly two midterm exams and a final exam will be conducted.|
|Grades for homework assignments, programming assignments/projects, and exams will make the final grade for the course. The grade distribution is (tentative):|
Homework and Project Assignments (pencil-and-paper and programming) 60%