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4 Credits
Spring term, even years
Lecture only

ME 317 or

Ravi Balasubramanian
315 Graf Hall

Course Description

Course focuses on understanding the behavior of nonlinear dynamic systems of interest to mechanical engineers.


  • Fundamental results of modern nonlinear dynamics and control and demonstrate their use in the design of practical nonlinear control systems
  • Phase-space analysis
  • Advanced techniques such as Lyapunov methods,
  • Linearization
  • Lie Algebra techniques
  • Perform stability analysis
  • Nonlinear control systems are prevalent in everyday dynamic systems such as human musculoskeletal movements and locomotion systems

Learning Outcomes

The student, upon successful completion of this course, will be able to:

  1. Have an understanding of how nonlinear dynamics and control is a key aspect of everyday systems.
  2. Have an introduction to key tools for nonlinear control analysis.
  3. Identify what tools will be useful for a specific nonlinear dynamics/control problem.
  4. Conduct a research project that explores one specific problem in nonlinear control and write a research paper on it.