I am having trouble with some of my homework. I am not quite sure how to find the damping ratio from a third order system when the transfer function (of s) is the only information supplied. Could anyone help me with this? I would like a method that would work with any nth order system, although my current problem is third order. Also, I must find the damping ratio WITHOUT using differential equations to convert the transfer function to a function of time. Here is a transfer function that may be used as an example: s/2 + 1 ------------------------- (s/40+1)[(s/4)^2+s/4+1] Thanks to anyone who is willing to contribute!