Modern Control Engineering – third international edition. Ogata. Prentice Hall. 990 pages, softback. ISBN 0 13 261389 1. Price £25.95.
Somebody somewhere needs to keep track of the basics of control theory, although for most of us the basics of control are taken up by smart tuning available with the latest systems.
However, for those that want to be immersed in the intricacies of Laplace transforms and root locus analysis, this good value text provides a thorough analysis of the design of continuous-time control systems.
In this edition, Matlab is integrated into the text, and no prior knowledge of Matlab is assumed.
Matlab is used for analysis of transient responses, as well as an approach to plotting root loci. It is also used to solve quadratic optimal control problems. Great stuff for those into equations!