Lecture 3 - Control System Introduction

Lecture 3 covers the key components of a control system. We'll have a group activity to help learn some of the control system basics. We'll also start working with controllers in the time-domain. It is important to gain an intuitive understanding of gain, time constant, dead time before studying systems in the Laplace domain.


  1. Course reading for next class: Chapter 3 (PPC).
  2. Assignment due by the start of Lecture #4:

Don't forget that the first part of each homework assignment is to write a sentence or two stating the purpose of the problem and what concept is reinforced. A listing of all the Special Problems are found in the Homework section.

Donkey Cart Control Problem

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