System Functions and the Laplace Transform

Springs and masses are connected via a shaft sitting on a metal surface.

Fourth order system consisting of a second order system with additional spring and mass. (Courtesy of Tyler Hamer and David Trumper.)


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Spring 2019



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This half-semester course studies basic continuous control theory as well as representation of functions in the complex frequency domain. It covers generalized functions, unit impulse response, and convolution. Also covered are the Laplace transform, system (or transfer) functions, and the pole diagram. Examples from mechanical and electrical engineering are provided.

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Philip Pearce. 18.031 System Functions and the Laplace Transform. Spring 2019. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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