1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data I've been trying for a week to understand root locus and how it works but what i got is a big confusion that's why i'm asking here for help. Why do we only look at open loop transfer function of the system when we are supposed to know the stability of the closed loop system? I don't even understand the use of this method at all, why don't we look at the poles of the closed loop system which are at 1 / K * Gd in the example below. I don't want you to solve me any problems but please give me the intuition behind this concept. Thank you so much!