Uncle Walter's Guide to Aero/Astro Fall 1997 Index Introduction Credits Statistics Comments Course Ratings Instructor Ratings Exams & Problem Sets
Uncle Walter's Guide to Aeronautics & Astronautics

16.241 Advanced Structural Dynamics

Lecturer: Prof. Cesnik
Pre/ co requisites: 16.221 Hours From Bulletin: 3-0-9
Response Rate: 6/10 (60.0%) Actual Hours: 3.0-0.0-11.3

Course Ratings Instructor Ratings
Course Difficulty: 4.8 / 7.0
Overall Course Rating: 5.0 / 7.0
Prof. Cesnik (L) 5.8 / 7.0

Student responses varied widely for 16.241. While a couple of students found the class to be "well organized" and "interesting". A couple of others were "unsatisfied with the class" in that the course did not do much to prepare them for future work and/or research. (They felt the problems were too specialized.) One student commented that the class should have focused more on numerical analysis than on analytical analysis.

The students that commented on the problem sets felt that they were too long and required a lot of coding. It was felt that you didn't learn much since so much time was taken up coding and debugging. The tests were listed as open note, but not open book and that books should have been allowed to counter mistakes in the notes. Most students were satisfied with the term project, however one student was unsatisfied because the project was just a "literature review" as opposed to computational work.

Overwhelmingly, the students indicated that knowledge about dynamics and structural mechanics was a must for this course. One student also indicated good matlab skills as a necessity.

Well organized class (lecture).

Was too haphazard, i.e. jumping from topic to topic with little continuity.

Computational problem sets simply took too much time.


Course ratings

Subject
was graded fairly: 5.3 / 7.0
was organized and displayed continuity: 4.8 / 7.0
was well-administered: 6.4 / 7.0
had accessible lab facilities: N/A

Instructor ratings

Instructor Prof. Cesnik
Gives well-prepared, relevant presentations: 6.2 / 7.0
Explains clearly, answers questions well: 5.8 / 7.0
Uses the blackboard and visual aids well: 6.2 / 7.0
Enunciates clearly: 5.7 / 7.0
Encourages questions, is sensitive to class: 6.2 / 7.0
Excites interest and is enthusiastic: 6.0 / 7.0
Is friendly and supportive: 6.5 / 7.0
Is available outside of class: 6.2 / 7.0

Exams, problem sets and projects


Relevancy Length Number Difficulty
Exams 5.5 / 7.0 4.6 / 7.0 4.2 / 7.0 4.2 / 7.0
Exam reviews N/A N/A N/A N/A
Problem sets 5.7 / 7.0 4.8 / 7.0 4.0 / 7.0 4.2 / 7.0
Papers / Projects 4.0 / 7.0 4.0 / 7.0 4.0 / 7.0 4.0 / 7.0

Required texts / handouts

Relevancy N/A
Length N/A
Interesting? N/A
Difficulty N/A

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