Paperback: 528 pages
Publisher: Prentice Hall; 2nd edition (February 11, 1997)
Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1 x 9.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
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A great introduction to control theory.However, it would help if you know something about differential equations. I read Ogata's book on control (over 900 pages) from cover to cover twice and still could not figure out exactly what state variables are. This book explains things very well but you do need to do the problems at the end of each chapter. The use of "free-body" diagrams is a great idea.Ogata's book is great for explaining a lot of the details but this book explains the important things in a concise but easy to understand manner. I now finally understand how to draw a system diagram by starting from the inputs for each separate system. Everything is brought together -- system diagrams,transfer functions,state variables,the purpose for LaPlace transforms,and input-output models. This is not a book about control theory and it is covered in only the last two chapters but if you are taking, or going to take, a course in control theory,read this book first. It will save you a lot of frustration and bewilderment.
I'm finally starting to understand! I took a class and lab as an undergrad and got my B and barely understood anything except Laplace Transforms (the math part). I won't bash that book here, but it was bad.This book starts from the ME Dynamics, ME Heat Transfer, and ME Fluids courses as foundations and takes you to the control level slowly without jumping straight into diff equations. Too many classes and books can't succsessfully bridge this critical engineering gap through basic mechanics examples and instead they attempt to bridge it through pure math. BIG MISTAKE!This book makes the transition nicely. You can generate useful equations here (which is often the most difficult part of controls.) Lots of time spent on each type of system and their repective variables.If you want to study pure math without application background knowledge then this isn't the book for you. If you want real world examples that apply to your long term ME career, then this would be a way to get started.
The book can be wordy at times and very author specific for terms. He doesnt use the symbols most students are used to using to represent variables. Don't buy unless professor required.
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