This textbook provides tools to predict and control dynamic systems with modern
analytical skills, including
trigonometry, calculus, differential equations, complex variables, Laplace transforms,
Taylor series/linearization, linear algebra, eigenanalysis, electrical circuits,
F = m a.
The textbook provides engineering skills with physical systems,
and interactive, visually-appealing Working Model simulations
that provide conceptual insight into dynamic systems and controls.
Physical demonstrations and computer simulations include system identification, time constants, period,
Coulomb/viscous friction, mass, stiffness, damping, natural frequency, damping ratio, decay ratio,
overshoot, settling time, rise time, pole location,
harmonic forcing, resonance, steady-state/transient/step response,
stability, feedback-control gains, control effort, Bode plots, root locus,
Ability to model real systems,
size physical constants (motor constants, springs, dampers, mass, resistors, capacitors, inductors),
linearize and perform stability analysis,
design control systems (PID, state-space, feed-forward, on/off),
and low/high-pass filters, design for performance, and interpret results.