Prof. Timothy Bretl

Teaching Assistants

Christoph Aoun

Grayson Schaer

Course Assistants

Matt Zollner

Anshuk Chigullapalli

Parth Shrotri

Time and Place

Lecture will be in-person:

Discussion Forum

Campuswire (ask Prof. Bretl for an invitation if you haven’t received one yet)

Course Description

Modeling, analysis, and control of linear dynamic systems.


Be an undergraduate student in Aerospace Engineering, with credit or concurrent registration in MATH 225, MATH 285, and TAM 212 (or equivalent). You cannot take this class if you have already taken GE 320 or ME 340.

Reference Text

The following book is available online for free, as a reference:

There is no required textbook.


You will complete many short homework assignments using PrairieLearn.


You will take four 50-minute exams during the semester in the Computer-Based Testing Facility (CBTF). Optionally, you may retake each exam exactly once. If you retake an exam, your score will be computed as follows:

\[\text{final score} = \frac{9}{10}\left(\text{higher score}\right) + \frac{1}{10}\left(\text{lower score}\right)\]

The policies of the CBTF are the policies of this course, and academic integrity infractions related to the CBTF are infractions in this course.

If you have accommodations identified by the Division of Rehabilitation-Education Services (DRES) for exams, please email your Letter of Accommodations (LOA) to before you make your first exam reservation. This must be done each semester you use the CBTF.

If you have any issue during an exam, inform the proctor immediately. Work with the proctor to resolve the issue at the time before logging off. If you do not inform a proctor of a problem during the test then you forfeit all rights to redress.

If you do not have a physical i-card, and therefore no ID photo with the i-card office, submit a photo to the CBTF as soon as possible to avoid problems when checking in for exams. Email photos to

Review all instructions on the CBTF website before your first exam.

Design Projects

You will complete four design projects in groups of two that require the submission of python code, a short video, and a written report. You may talk with other colleagues about these projects, so long as all materials submitted are those of your own group (see academic integrity).

Final Exam

There will be no final exam.


Grades will be posted to canvas.

Extra Credit

You may be given opportunities to earn extra credit on various assignments. This credit will apply only to the type of assignment for which it was given. For example, you may earn a maximum of 20% for homework, regardless of how much extra credit you receive on homework assignments.

Time Management

You will earn three credit hours for completing this course. The federal definition of a “credit hour” is an amount of work that reasonably approximates not less than one hour of instruction and two hours of out-of-class student work each week throughout the semester. Therefore, each of you should expect to spend about nine hours on this course each week, including the time you spend in lecture. If you find yourself spending much less or much more time and are struggling with time management, please ask one of us for help.

Academic Integrity

You are encouraged to talk with all of your colleagues about all of your work this semester, so long as you acknowledge and cite the people with whom you talked. Materials submitted must be your own — please refer to the student code for a definition of plagiarism, which is an academic integrity infraction. Academic integrity allegations like plagiarism will be reported using the Faculty Academic Integrity Reporting (FAIR) system. Confirmed infractions may result in a zero grade for the corresponding assignment and, in some cases, a failing grade for the course. If you are unsure of what constitutes plagiarism or any other breach of academic integrity, please ask one of us for help.

Anti-Racism and Inclusivity


The Grainger College of Engineering is committed to the creation of an anti-racist, inclusive community that welcomes diversity along a number of dimensions, including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity and national origins, gender and gender identity, sexuality, disability status, class, age, or religious beliefs. The College recognizes that we are learning together in the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement, that Black, Hispanic, and Indigenous voices and contributions have largely either been excluded from, or not recognized in, science and engineering, and that both overt racism and micro-aggressions threaten the well-being of our students and our university community.

The effectiveness of this course is dependent upon each of us to create a safe and encouraging learning environment that allows for the open exchange of ideas while also ensuring equitable opportunities and respect for all of us. Everyone is expected to help establish and maintain an environment where students, staff, and faculty can contribute without fear of personal ridicule, or intolerant or offensive language. If you witness or experience racism, discrimination, micro-aggressions, or other offensive behavior, you are encouraged to bring this to the attention of the course director if you feel comfortable. You can also report these behaviors to the Bias Assessment and Response Team (BART). Based on your report, BART members will follow up and reach out to students to make sure they have the support they need to be healthy and safe. If the reported behavior also violates university policy, staff in the Office for Student Conflict Resolution may respond as well and will take appropriate action.


To obtain disability-related academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids, students with disabilities must contact the course instructor and the Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) as soon as possible. To contact DRES, you may visit 1207 S. Oak St., Champaign, call 333-4603, e-mail or go to If you are concerned you have a disability-related condition that is impacting your academic progress, there are academic screening appointments available that can help diagnosis a previously undiagnosed disability. You may access these by visiting the DRES website and selecting “Request an Academic Screening” at the bottom of the page.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)


Any student who has suppressed their directory information pursuant to Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) should self-identify to the instructor to ensure protection of the privacy of their attendance in this course. See for more information on FERPA.

Religious Observances


Illinois law requires the University to reasonably accommodate its students’ religious beliefs, observances, and practices in regard to admissions, class attendance, and the scheduling of examinations and work requirements. You should examine this syllabus at the beginning of the semester for potential conflicts between course deadlines and any of your religious observances. If a conflict exists, you should notify your instructor of the conflict and follow the procedure at to request appropriate accommodations. This should be done in the first two weeks of classes.

Sexual Misconduct Reporting Obligation


The University of Illinois is committed to combating sexual misconduct. Faculty and staff members are required to report any instances of sexual misconduct to the University’s Title IX Office. In turn, an individual with the Title IX Office will provide information about rights and options, including accommodations, support services, the campus disciplinary process, and law enforcement options.

A list of the designated University employees who, as counselors, confidential advisors, and medical professionals, do not have this reporting responsibility and can maintain confidentiality, can be found at

Other information about resources and reporting is available at

Emergency Response


Emergency response recommendations can be found at the following website: I encourage you to review this website and the campus building floor plans website within the first 10 days of class: