ECE 461:
Controls Systems Modeling and Control of Dynamic Systems Ssummer 2014 



Syllabus 
Instructor: Jake
Glower
Office Hours: MTWRF
12PM, ECE 201

Date 
Topic 
Homework 
M 
May 19 
Holiday! 
Work enough problems that you are able to solve this type of problem on the tests and/or at the board. No formal writeup required for
homework 
T 
May 20 

W 
May 21 

R 
May 22 

F 
May 23 
Transfer
Functions for Mass Spring Systems: Wave Equation Rotational Systems & Gears 

M 
May 26 
Holiday! 

T 
May 27 

W 
May 28 
Root Locus & Gain
Compensation 

R 
May 29 
Root Locus & Lead
Compensation 

F 
May 30 

M 
June 2 

T 
June 3 
Gantry
System (complex poles) 

W 
June 4 
Lightly
Damped Systems (lots of complex poles) Inverted Pendulum (unstable poles) 

R 
June 5 
Review Day 

F 
June 6 
Test Day! 

M 
June 9 
HW #13 

T 
June 10 
HW #14 

W 
June 11 

R 
June 12 
Review Day 

F 
June 13 
Test Day! Test
4: Root Locus in the zplane 
Text: Any
book with the title ‘Controls Systems’ and contains root locus plots
Some
suggestions: (don’t worry about the
edition – get the least expensive one)
·
Controls Systems: Norman Nise ($18
used)
·
Schaum’s
Outline on Controls ($14)
VisSim: Blockdiagram tool for simulating linear and
nonlinear systems. Similar to SimuLink
·
Home Page: (http://www.vissim.com/products/vissim.html)
SciLab:
Matrixbased language for designing and analyzing feedback control
systems. Similar to MATLAB
·
Home Page (for downloading the latest
version) (http://www.scilab.org/)
·
SciLab
5.1.1 Toolbox (link here for zip file)
·
SciLab
5.3.3 Toolbox (link here for
zip file)
Reference Material
All Lectures in One File (click here):
Course Organization: 3 hour lectures will probably not work: they’ll put everyone to sleep. Instead, we’ll run this more as a flipclassroom with classtime spent on short ‘lectures’ then solving homework problems in class.
The intent of the homework is to let you know what type of problems you should be able to solve. No formal writeup is required for the homework – just do enough problems that you feel confident you can solve this type of problem on a test or at the board (the test may be have you go to the board and solve a type of problem).
Grading will be based upon test scores with tests each Friday. Starting week 2, you can retake old tests as well (same topics, different problems) to increase your scores. The average of your best scores for each test will be your overall average.