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Uncle Walter's Guide to Aeronautics & Astronautics

16.338 Nonlinear Aerospace Control Systems

Lecturer: Prof. Feron
Pre/ co requisites: 16.060 or 6.302 and 16.31 or 6.241 Hours From Bulletin: 3-0-9
Response Rate: 10/10 (100%) Actual Hours: 3.1-1.4-9.1

Course Ratings Instructor Ratings
Course Difficulty: 4.8 / 7.0
Overall Course Rating: 5.2 / 7.0
Prof. Feron (L) 5.5 / 7.0

Most students felt that the material presented in the class was interesting, that they learned a lot and that Prof. Feron has a "perfect understanding of the subject". However, many of them also felt that the course was not well organized, especially in the second half of the semester. Some of the remarks on the organization were that "the pace was too slow on the 'easy' parts and way too fast on the more difficult parts."

The problem sets were viewed by many students as "long" and "irrelevant." One student felt that the problem sets were not well thought out and another felt that the homework problems got bogged down in mathematics and therefore the concepts were missed. One student would also like more feedback on the homework and a couple commented on the lack of prepared homework solutions.

A large portion of the students commented that a good background in basic control theory is essential for the course and also a background in dynamics. A few students also commented that the book by Vander Velde was useful.

Very interesting, covers many topics, learning a lot!


Course ratings

Subject
was graded fairly: 5.5 / 7.0
was organized and displayed continuity: 4.9 / 7.0
was well-administered: 4.8 / 7.0
had accessible lab facilities: 6.3 / 7.0

Instructor ratings

Instructor Prof. Feron
Gives well-prepared, relevant presentations: 5.0 / 7.0
Explains clearly, answers questions well: 5.5 / 7.0
Uses the blackboard and visual aids well: 4.2 / 7.0
Enunciates clearly: 5.5 / 7.0
Encourages questions, is sensitive to class: 6.7 / 7.0
Excites interest and is enthusiastic: 6.5 / 7.0
Is friendly and supportive: 6.5 / 7.0
Is available outside of class: 6.3 / 7.0

Exams, problem sets and projects


Relevancy Length Number Difficulty
Exams 5.0 / 7.0 4.2 / 7.0 3.9 / 7.0 4.4 / 7.0
Exam reviews 5.7 / 7.0 4.3 / 7.0 4.0 / 7.0 4.3 / 7.0
Problem sets 5.4 / 7.0 5.7 / 7.0 4.7 / 7.0 5.1 / 7.0
Papers / Projects 5.8 / 7.0 4.2 / 7.0 4.6 / 7.0 4.2 / 7.0

Required texts / handouts

Relevancy 5.6 / 7.0
Length 4.9 / 7.0
Interesting? 4.8 / 7.0
Difficulty N/A

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