Introduction to Modeling and Analysis of Dynamic Systems

Robert T M'Closkey

Introduction to Modeling and Analysis of Dynamic Systems

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department

Robert T M'Closkey

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Spring 2019

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Quarter Taken: Spring 2020
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Submitted July 10, 2020
Grade Received: A-

Professor M’Closkey is extremely knowledgeable on the subject and seems like he enjoys teaching. He transitioned to remote teaching pretty well and he definitely improved the quality of his instruction as the quarter went on. At first it was a little confusing because he teaches you concepts that you don’t see being applied, but these are applied in the second half of the class. I would say the labs are pretty easy but the homeworks were quite hard. He doesn’t curve his class, but he’s very helpful during office hours. He also records his lectures (during virtual instruction) but I would recommend actually attending them because he does make mistakes that he corrects during the live lectures. During live lectures he plays his recordings and makes comments here and there. The midterm was pretty easy (median was ~85%) but his final had a lower median (I think it was around ~70%) and since the class wasn’t curved I imagine his grade distribution wasn’t wonderful. But overall, taking 107 with MCloskey was a good experience.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2019 Submitted June 14, 2019 Grade Received: A

The class was weighted 10 HW, 10 Lab, 40 Midterm, 40 Final. The HWs in this class were very difficult and time consuming. I had to go to office hours every week in order to complete them. He writes his own homework so the answers are not on chegg. The Lab work was easy and there were never any reports due outside of class, everything was finished and turned in within the 1 hour and 50 minutes of lab time. His tests were rough and needed you to really master the material. Both the midterm and final were open book/open note. On the first midterm, there were only 3 questions and 2 of them were all or nothing no partial credit. The book was completely useless except for containing an extensive list of Laplace transforms. To succeed in this class I would recommend studying his slides extensively. Also brush up on your MATLAB skills because each homework required you to graph Frequency response functions, impulse responses, our find Fourier series. Good luck!

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted March 30, 2015 Grade Received: N/A

I had a very positive experience with Professor M'Closkey in MAE 107. The material is quite challenging but the way Professor M'Closkey presents the material makes it fairly understandable to us. Workload is fairly heavy, but generally the homework and lab instructions are very clear in what they want so it's not too bad. Though most of the class grade depends on exams, and they're not exactly easy, but he is pretty generous about partial credit.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Dec. 23, 2012 Grade Received: N/A

Professor M'Closkey is a very clear professor when it comes to explaining MAE 107 concepts. Granted he is on of the hardest professors for this class and gives the most work, I feel like I learned a great deal from this class. His homework is well written and he usually steps you through the problem to help you with the thought process. However, sometimes there is too much homework and that is when things can get a little overwhelming. However, the homework is very good practice for his exams and helps reinforce course material.

As for his midterm, the midterm was hit or miss. He had 4 problems, 2 of them being multiple choice which was about half the exam. If you chose the wrong answer, there was no partial credit for the MCs. I did above average on the midterm. As for the final, it was again 4 problems, but no multiple choice. It was long, and you have to know what you're doing to finish on time. I thought I did bad on the final, but ended up with a B+ in his class and I am completely satisfied. I feel like I have a strong grasp on the material since Professor M'Closkey is such an effective teacher.

Just be prepared to work hard if you have him. This was by far the most time consuming class I have taken in the MAE department, considering I only have a few more classes to take left.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Feb. 20, 2009 Grade Received: N/A

His lectures were thorough and his tests/homework are really hard. If you don't understand the material really well, you're not going to get an A. He also treats you like you should have no problem understanding the material. Which turned me off of seeking help outside of class.

If you can avoid taking him, I suggest you do.

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