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Uncle Walter's Guide to Aeronautics & Astronautics

16.323 Principles of Optimal Control

Lecturer: Prof. Vander Velde
Pre/ co requisites: 18.085 Hours From Bulletin: 3-0-9
Response Rate: 2/13 (15%) Actual Hours: 3-0-12 (only 1 response)

NOTE: Because there were only 2 responses, each response is listed.
Course Ratings Instructor Ratings
Course Difficulty: 5.0 / 7.0
Overall Course Rating: 7.0 / 7.0
Prof. Vander Velde (L) 7.0 / 7.0 ; 7.0 / 7.0

The two people who responded to the course evaluation forms had nothing but praise for the course and the lecturer, Prof. Vander Velde. One student in particular focused on Prof. Vander Velde, commending him on giving clear and precise lectures that fully explained the fundamental concepts.

Both students felt that the lecture notes were of the utmost importance, saying that having these notes before class helped them learn the material better than any other source. One student used the recommended text by Kirk, but still considered the lecture notes more useful. Furthermore, each of the respondents found the class entirely self-sufficient, concluding that no major prerequisites were required outside of basic undergraduate math.

"Vander Velde delivers an excellent lecture with precision and clarity."

"An excellent course. I will recommend it to others."


Course ratings

Subject
was graded fairly: 4.0 / 7.0 ; 6.0 / 7.0
was organized and displayed continuity: 7.0 / 7.0 ; 7.0 / 7.0
was well-administered: 6.0 / 7.0 ; 7.0 / 7.0
had accessible lab facilities: NA

Instructor ratings

Instructor Prof. Vander Velde
Gives well-prepared, relevant presentations: 7.0 / 7.0 ; 7.0 / 7.0
Explains clearly, answers questions well: 7.0 / 7.0 ; 7.0 / 7.0
Uses the blackboard and visual aids well: 4.0 / 7.0 ; 7.0 / 7.0
Enunciates clearly: 7.0 / 7.0 ; 7.0 / 7.0
Encourages questions, is sensitive to class: 4.0 / 7.0 ; 7.0 / 7.0
Excites interest and is enthusiastic: 6.0 / 7.0 ; 7.0 / 7.0
Is friendly and supportive: 7.0 / 7.0 ; 7.0 / 7.0
Is available outside of class: 4.0 / 7.0 ; 4.0 / 7.0

Exams, problem sets and projects


Relevancy Length Number Difficulty
Exams 6.0 / 7.0 ; 7.0 / 7.0 4.0 / 7.0 ; 4.0 / 7.0 4.0 / 7.0 ; 4.0 / 7.0 4.0 / 7.0 ; 4.0 / 7.0
Exam reviews NA NA NA NA
Problem sets 7.0 / 7.0 4.0 / 7.0 4.0 / 7.0 4.0 / 7.0
Papers / Projects NA NA NA NA

Required texts / handouts

Relevancy NA
Length NA
Interesting? NA

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