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Homework Help: Help with partial fraction in control systems

  1. Sep 3, 2013 #1
    I'm having problem with task (a) in this problem

    The question

    My attempt

    The solution

    Why don't I get the same after I take the partial fraction using my calculator? And where does this R(s)=1/s^2 come from
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  3. Sep 3, 2013 #2


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    1/s2 is the Laplace transform of the driving signal R(s). The Laplace transform of a ramp r(t)=t is R(s) = 1/s2.

    Remember that a transfer function F(s) is the Laplace domain equivalent of the ratio of the output signal to the input. So if the input is R(s) then:

    Y(s) = R(s)*F(s)

    The transfer function that you've wrapped in "expand" doesn't appear to correspond to the one given in the problem statement.
  4. Sep 3, 2013 #3
    Thanks. I copied the problem from a pdf i found online to post here. But I guess they changed the numbers in the problem cause it's not the same numbers as in my book. So the solution manual doesn't show the correct answers to my book even though they are the same editon.
  5. Sep 3, 2013 #4


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    You can always check a PFD by adding the different fractions together to see if you get the original expression.
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