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Control Systems Engineering [Hardcover]

Norman S. Nise
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Dec 14 2010 9780470547564 978-0470547564 6
Highly regarded for its accessible writing and practical case studies, Control Systems Engineering is the most widely adopted textbook for this core course in Mechanical and Electrical engineering programs. This new sixth edition has been revised and updated with 20% new problems and greater emphasis on computer-aided design.

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Motivate Students with Real-World Control Systems Emphasizing the practical application of control systems engineering, this 3rd edition with its updated contents will motivate students to learn how to analyze and design feedback control systems that support today's advanced technology. Motivation is obtained through clear and complete explanations of how to design real-world systems. Topics are presented in a logical and progressive way that builds and supports understanding. Whenever possible, new concepts are first presented from a qualitative perspective to help students gain the insight needed to develop sound designs. Next, a detailed discussion of quantitative tools gives readers the ability to design parameters and configurations for systems they will encounter during their career. And with the use of MATLAB(r), students will find out how to apply the latest computer methods to the analysis and design of control systems. Key Features of the Third Edition
* Case studies, using the same system progressively, are integrated throughout the text to provide students with a realistic view of each stage of the control system design process.
* A methodology with clearly defined steps is presented for each type of design problem.
* Numerous in-chapter examples and skill-assessment exercises, as well as end-of-chapter review questions and problems, including a progressive analysis and design problem that uses the same system, are provided.
* An introduction to state-space methods of analysis and design is included. These sections are clearly marked and can be taught along with classical methods, taught separately, or skipped without loss of continuity.
* Tutorials are provided on how to use MATLAB(r), the Control System Toolbox, Simulink(r), and the Symbolic Math Toolbox to analyze and design control systems. Also included are tutorials on how to use two MATLAB(r) graphical user interface (GUI) design and analysis tools - the LTI Viewer and the Root Locus Design GUI. All tutorials and MATLAB(r) code are contained in the text's appendices so as not to detract from the teaching of control systems engineering principles. References to these appendices are provided at appropriate places in the text.
* An accompanying CD-ROM provides valuable additional material, such as stand-alone computer applications, electronic files of the text's computer programs for use with MATLAB(r), additional appendices, and solutions to skill-assessment exercises.
* Illustrations from the book in the form of electronic files are available at http://www.wiley.com/college/nise --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Norman S. Nise teaches in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. In addition to being the author of Control Systems Engineering, Professor Nise has contributed to the CRC publications The Engineering Handbook, The Control Handbook, and The Electrical Engineering Handbook. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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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1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong Edition 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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2.0 out of 5 stars Worthless July 4 2011
By EngStudent - Published on Amazon.com
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.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good text for a difficult subject April 1 2013
By David R. Mikesell - Published on Amazon.com
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Clear Book Feb. 14 2012
By John Culbertson - Published on Amazon.com
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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
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Textbooks I've Ever Had Dec 16 2009
By Eric Boyer - Published on Amazon.com
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive book on control systems April 5 2009
By Joe's hobby workshop - Published on Amazon.com
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This book (5th editon) is well organized and provides a comprehensive treatment of classical control systems topics. It's been a great reference and review for someone who has only dealt with the subject matter only occasionally. The layout, examples, and especially Matlab solutions are very helpful. The only disappointment is the somewhat brief section on Nichols chart methods. Also, some appendices that were part of the printed book in previous editions are now only available as a download from the publisher.
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