Numerical Computation for Mechanical Engineers

Photo of a wheeled robot rolling over a small bump, and a force vector diagram of that situation.

The 2.086 Mobile Robot suspension system. (Photo and diagram by James Penn.)


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Fall 2012



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The textbook used for this course, written by Prof. Patera and several MIT colleagues, is available for download in the readings section.

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This class introduces elementary programming concepts including variable types, data structures, and flow control. After an introduction to linear algebra and probability, it covers numerical methods relevant to mechanical engineering, including approximation (interpolation, least squares and statistical regression), integration, solution of linear and nonlinear equations, ordinary differential equations, and deterministic and probabilistic approaches. Examples are drawn from mechanical engineering disciplines, in particular from robotics, dynamics, and structural analysis. Assignments require MATLAB® programming.

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Anthony Patera, Daniel Frey, and Nicholas Hadjiconstantinou. 2.086 Numerical Computation for Mechanical Engineers. Fall 2012. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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