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EL2820 Modelling of Dynamical Systems 7.5 credits

The course teaches systematic method for building mathematical models of technical systems from basic physical relations and measured data.

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For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students

Application code


Headings with content from the Course syllabus EL2820 (Autumn 2022–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • model types
  • overview of different physical domains (physics, mechanics, electronics)
  • model simplification, differential-algebraic equations
  • systematic modelling methods
  • object-oriented modelling
  • disturbances and disturbance models
  • parameter estimation and statistical properties

Intended learning outcomes

After passing the course, the student should be able to

  • formulate basic theory and definitions of important concepts in mathematical modelling of dynamic systems
  • retrieve mathematical models for engineering systems based on fundamental physical relations and based on measurement data.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

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Recommended prerequisites

Elementary physics and mathematical statistics, basic course or equivalent. Basic control course, EL1000 or equivalent.


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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • LAB2 - Lab 2, 0.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • LAB3 - Lab 3, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • LABA - Lab 1, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TENA - Written exam, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Electrical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Cristian Rojas (

Transitional regulations

The expired modules LAB1 and TEN1 can be examined until Autumn 24.

Supplementary information

In this course, the EECS code of honor applies, see: