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Any good book that can teach System Dynamics? (details inside)

  1. Jun 14, 2010 #1
    Hey guys,

    I need a book that can teach me system dynamics, here is what they teach in the course:

    Linear time invariant system, impulse response function, operator, convolution, system characterization, solution of linear ordinary differential equations, Laplace transform and its applications, transfer function, frequency response, matrix diagonalization, solution to system of linear differential equations.

    I passed the course with 54% and next year a lot of other courses are going to build on it. So unless i want to fail around 4 courses i must try and better understand the material. The problem last term was that a lot of the material came directly from his notes so there was nothing else to learn from.

    I'd give you examples of old midterms but i really feel uncomfortable posting the prof's material online like this. But if you need clarification on what types of questions, please send me a PM and i will supply you with the proper info.
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  3. Jun 14, 2010 #2
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  4. Jun 14, 2010 #3
    Thanks emiltr, the books seem pretty good. though the second link seems pretty scary. It is more like a proofy high level math course rather than an engineering course with applications. I've looked through the table of contents and there is nothing that strikes me as familiar . Lets see.. we covered initial value problems, first and second order differential equations. Laplace transforms, inverse laplace transofrms. linear time invariant systems. step response of the system... and we were given lots of mechanical systems to solve invloving springs, circuits... etc. As long as those are in there than that's very good! Also, the difficulity was based on a 2nd year course.
  5. Jun 15, 2010 #4
    Those two books are probably way too advance for typical 2nd year engineering students. Maybe you should try those written by Katsuhiko Ogata. Another really good one is Linear System Theory and Design by Chi-Tsong Chen, but it is mainly focused on the state space approach.
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