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  • Hardcover: 944 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 6 edition (Dec 14 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780470547564
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470547564
  • ASIN: 0470547561
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 5 x 26.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 Kg
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The book is really good, the quality of the sheet is not too good but it was compensated by the the price .
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ti Kyrts on July 29 2013
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Seller failed to mention that this was the international edition. Ended up costing me 8% of my grade because values are different in the international edition. Doesn't say it anywhere on the cover just on the third title page. ISBN's do not match.
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53 of 59 people found the following review helpful
Worthless July 4 2011
By EngStudent - Published on
Format: Hardcover
As a student perhaps i have a different perspective from others who have reviewed this book. I own several other controls books and am not impressed by this one. The author has a way or taking straightforward ideas and drawing them out in ways that make them hard to grasp. For the $185 dollars i paid for this book i would expect information presented in a clear way that makes a serious attempt at teaching. Sadly, i find myself consulting Wikipedia or other free resources before this book when i have a problem. Sometimes it seems textbook authors feel like they must present material in hard abstruse ways to be taken seriously. Not worth the money.

I think that professors look at this book and say "this is great. It contains everything i want to teach". Students look at this book and say "I have no idea what this book is trying to tell me". The difference is that the professors already know the material while the students are trying to learn it for the first time.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Good text for a difficult subject April 1 2013
By Heinz Doufenschmirtz - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I have taught Control Systems to undergraduate mechanical engineers for the past six years. Three years ago I switched from "Modern Control Systems" by Dorf & Bishop to the Nise text, and I have not regretted it.

* The Nise text has averaged 4.0/5 in student end-of-term feedback. Dorf & Bishop averaged 3.4/5. Departmental average result for texts in all courses is 3.1/5.

* I really appreciate Nise's efforts to integrate previous chapters' concepts into homework problems so that students see how the material builds upon itself and they retain better through the repetition. (You don't have to select these problems, however -- not all of them are like this. There are *many* problems to choose from.)

* Answer key solutions are generally correct.

Things holding me back from a 5-star rating:
* Explanations are not as clear or concise as possible sometimes. For instance, I liked the Type Number analysis (for steady-state error) better in Dorf & Bishop. The summarizing table in Nise has too many columns and is unnecessarily confusing.

* The system dynamics problems in chapter 2 are way too hard for a student's introduction to that material. He needs to add about 6-8 easier 1DOF problems at the beginning of the problem set before throwing multiple masses, gears, etc. into the mix.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Very Clear Book Feb. 14 2012
By John Culbertson - Published on
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I ordered this as a supplement to my upper division mechanical feedback controls class and was very pleased. This book is very readable and after getting it was able to work through the first hundred or so pages with ease. Readability is the number one factor I look for in a text and I was pleased with this one. There were a few minor errors in some of the examples, which I was surprised to see given the that this book is in its 6th edition.

Over all, great book, the best of three that I have used. Highly recommended
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Good aside from the Root Locus Stuff Feb. 11 2014
By Jonathan - Published on
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I'm an electrical engineer and we went through this book (except for the last chapter) in my class on linear control systems. It's a very good book that is very readable and enjoyable. It explains things well and makes things easy to understand. Even friends who typically do not like reading the book read this book.

My one major complaint with this book is found in chapters 8 & 9. When doing the examples on the root locus, the author just says "using MATLAB" and then makes the plot. This drove me and my friends crazy because on the exam we are doing it by hand, not "using MATLAB" and even if we were, you still should do these sorts of things by hand first to make sure that you have an understanding of the concepts before progressing to using software for your modeling. And especially in the examples- I mean come on, really? It's pure laziness.

The rest of the book is great though and conceptually, the author does explain the root locus very well. It is just in the examples where a RL needs to be drawn that this book really falls short, IMO. This book remains one of my favorites (as someone who reads every book for every class), I'm sure I will read it (or at least parts of it) over again, and I would highly recommend it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
One of the Best Textbooks I've Ever Had Dec 16 2009
By Eric Boyer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is a very well-written textbook for introducing a student to control systems engineering. Explanations are thorough, yet concise and easy to understand. There are lots of examples, self-assessment problems, and end of chapter problems. Major points are highlighted and summary sections are very useful, which makes this book very useful for future reference. Both frequency domain and state-space methods are covered, although I never learned the state-space parts.

The text also has lots of excellent information and examples for MATLAB. Most examples mention how to use MATLAB to solve the example, and all the code used to solve the examples is included in one of the appendices (as well on the companion website, which makes it much easier to copy and paste into MATLAB).

One other great aspect of the book is its appendices. There are 12 of them, and they cover a wide variety of subjects, such as a tutorial on MATLAB and Simulink, a refresher on linear algebra, and derivations of some subjects covered in the book. Most of the appendices are only on the companion website, which also includes lots of other good resources.

This is an excellent textbook for many types of engineering: electrical, mechanical, systems, and probably others. If your course uses it then you're in luck.