I'm an engineering major, and my school has a lab that works on control theory. I think I would like to work on this in grad school, but I don't know if I have the background to look into it yet?(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

I found a free textbook on the subject from Rutgers:

http://www.math.rutgers.edu/~sontag/FTP_DIR/sontag_mathematical_control_theory_springer98.pdf" [Broken]

I've only studied Calc I-III thus far. Linear Algebra isn't required for my degree, and I only need to take a "Intro to Diff. EQs" class, which I'm guessing is pretty lightweight.

What am I going to have to study to be able to understand material in a textbook like this?

- Diff Equations?

- Linear Algebra?

- Real/Complex/Functional Analysis?

- Abstract Algebra?

- Geometry/Topology?

The textbook preface says that only linear algebra and diff equations are required, but I'm skeptical.

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# What Background Is Needed For Control Theory?

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