Systems and Controls

A photograph of Taipei 101, a skyscraper in Taipei, Taiwan.

Taipei 101 was the world's tallest building from 2004 until 2010. Between floors 87 and 92 is a 660 ton steel pendulum. The pendulum serves as a tuned mass damper; it sways to offset movement of the building by strong gusts of winds. (Courtesy of Jirka Matousek on flickr. CC-BY.)


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Spring 2013



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This course provides an introduction to linear systems, transfer functions, and Laplace transforms. It covers stability and feedback, and provides basic design tools for specifications of transient response. It also briefly covers frequency-domain techniques.


George Barbastathis. 2.04A Systems and Controls, Spring 2013. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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