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Control Systems Engineering Hardcover – December 14, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0470547564 ISBN-10: 9780470547564 Edition: 6th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 944 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 6 edition (December 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780470547564
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470547564
  • ASIN: 0470547561
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 2 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this book for a class I am taking, and it is very useful.
W. McCormack
Students look at this book and say "I have no idea what this book is trying to tell me".
EngStudent
It has great examples and it's very clear and relatively easy to read.
Lucas K Prater

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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful By EngStudent on July 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
As a student perhaps i have a different perspective from others who have reviewed this book. I own several other controls books and am not impressed by this one. The author has a way or taking straightforward ideas and drawing them out in ways that make them hard to grasp. For the $185 dollars i paid for this book i would expect information presented in a clear way that makes a serious attempt at teaching. Sadly, i find myself consulting Wikipedia or other free resources before this book when i have a problem. Sometimes it seems textbook authors feel like they must present material in hard abstruse ways to be taken seriously. Not worth the money.

I think that professors look at this book and say "this is great. It contains everything i want to teach". Students look at this book and say "I have no idea what this book is trying to tell me". The difference is that the professors already know the material while the students are trying to learn it for the first time.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David R. Mikesell on April 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I have taught Control Systems to undergraduate mechanical engineers for the past six years. Three years ago I switched from "Modern Control Systems" by Dorf & Bishop to the Nise text, and I have not regretted it.

* The Nise text has averaged 4.0/5 in student end-of-term feedback. Dorf & Bishop averaged 3.4/5. Departmental average result for texts in all courses is 3.1/5.

* I really appreciate Nise's efforts to integrate previous chapters' concepts into homework problems so that students see how the material builds upon itself and they retain better through the repetition. (You don't have to select these problems, however -- not all of them are like this. There are *many* problems to choose from.)

* Answer key solutions are generally correct.

Things holding me back from a 5-star rating:
* Explanations are not as clear or concise as possible sometimes. For instance, I liked the Type Number analysis (for steady-state error) better in Dorf & Bishop. The summarizing table in Nise has too many columns and is unnecessarily confusing.

* The system dynamics problems in chapter 2 are way too hard for a student's introduction to that material. He needs to add about 6-8 easier 1DOF problems at the beginning of the problem set before throwing multiple masses, gears, etc. into the mix.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John Culbertson on February 14, 2012
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I ordered this as a supplement to my upper division mechanical feedback controls class and was very pleased. This book is very readable and after getting it was able to work through the first hundred or so pages with ease. Readability is the number one factor I look for in a text and I was pleased with this one. There were a few minor errors in some of the examples, which I was surprised to see given the that this book is in its 6th edition.

Over all, great book, the best of three that I have used. Highly recommended
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eric Boyer on December 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a very well-written textbook for introducing a student to control systems engineering. Explanations are thorough, yet concise and easy to understand. There are lots of examples, self-assessment problems, and end of chapter problems. Major points are highlighted and summary sections are very useful, which makes this book very useful for future reference. Both frequency domain and state-space methods are covered, although I never learned the state-space parts.

The text also has lots of excellent information and examples for MATLAB. Most examples mention how to use MATLAB to solve the example, and all the code used to solve the examples is included in one of the appendices (as well on the companion website, which makes it much easier to copy and paste into MATLAB).

One other great aspect of the book is its appendices. There are 12 of them, and they cover a wide variety of subjects, such as a tutorial on MATLAB and Simulink, a refresher on linear algebra, and derivations of some subjects covered in the book. Most of the appendices are only on the companion website, which also includes lots of other good resources.

This is an excellent textbook for many types of engineering: electrical, mechanical, systems, and probably others. If your course uses it then you're in luck.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Garrett Tietz on December 30, 2013
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Textbooks are hard to review, because we are required to purchase them and it is easy to tie in the quality of the course with the text.

For me, this was a hard class, but I enjoyed it. The text was not always helpful to read and often made simple things sound complicated. That being said, this is a difficult subject to learn and teach. Everyone has their own way of visualizing what is happening. I find that it is better to play around with a microcontroller system until you figure out what's happening.

It does integrate well with Simulink for Matlab which is nice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joe's hobby workshop on April 5, 2009
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This book (5th editon) is well organized and provides a comprehensive treatment of classical control systems topics. It's been a great reference and review for someone who has only dealt with the subject matter only occasionally. The layout, examples, and especially Matlab solutions are very helpful. The only disappointment is the somewhat brief section on Nichols chart methods. Also, some appendices that were part of the printed book in previous editions are now only available as a download from the publisher.
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