SC639 - Mathematical Structures for Control
Course gets difficult towards the end. Assignments and exams usually have problems where we need to prove some things, that is slightly tricky but very doable after a quick revision. If one pays attention in class, and understands tutorials religiously, it is a smooth sailing course.
Time Commitment Required
Apart from usual class timings, 1 hour a week to solve tutorials on your own before tutorial sessions
Grading Policy and Statistics
Fairly generous. 9-AA, 22-AB, 18-BB
quizzes and exams- 55%, class participation-25%, assignment-20%
Topics Covered in the Course
Vector spaces, Sequence and series, multivariable calculus, Convexity and optimization
Pre-recorded videos were streamed in class, and doubts were answered there as well. Every week a tutorial session was held.
Good difficulty, MUST attempt tutorials and revise assignments before exams.
Feedback on Exams
Midsem was viva last year, and endsem was a 12 hour long paper, which was very difficulty but was open notes and open internet.
Motivation for taking this course
If you like mathematics and mechanics, this course is the sweet spot between the two. It is quite rigorous just like any other math course. Very understanding professor, who makes this course even more enjoyable.
Great set of TAs who give really good problem sets, fun to solve.
Extremely important if you are considering a SysCon minor. Gives a very good foundation for Geometric and Optimal controls.
How strongly would I recommend this course?
Very strongly recommend.
When to take this course?
Third semester. It forms a good base for further courses in controls.
This being an introductory course, opens up a whole new world of controls for you.
SC 639 Review By: Hiya Gada