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Fundamentals of Signals and Systems Using the Web and MATLAB (3rd Edition) [Hardcover]

Edward W. Kamen , Bonnie S Heck
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July 21, 2006 0131687379 978-0131687370 3
With the presentation at an introductory level, the third edition of the book (2007 copyright) contains a comprehensive treatment of continuous-time and discrete-time signals and systems, with demos on the textbook website (, data downloaded from the Web, and illustrations of numerous MATLAB commands for the solution of a wide range of problems arising in engineering and in other fields such as financial data analysis. The book contains a large collection of examples and problems, and practical applications that use actual data dowloaded from the Web. It is shown how data can be downloaded and then imported into MATLAB for analysis by techniques covered in the text. Applications include data analysis in the presense of noise, with the focus on filtering noisy signals and the use of the discrete Fourier transform (DFT) to extract the dominant cyclic components of a signal (time series) from noisy measurements of the signal.

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Developed from Professor Kamen's best-selling text Introduction to Signals and Systems, this forward-looking new text presents accessible yet comprehensive analytical treatment of signals and systems and also incorporates a strong emphasis on solving problems and exploring concepts using MATLAB. A MATLAB tutorial is provided on a disk which is available for student/instructor use, and all examples in the text are developed in terms of the Student Edition of MATLAB®. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The book contains an introductory, yet comprehensive, treatment of continuous time and discrete-time signal and systems with demos on the Web and MATLAB examples integrated throughout the text. The second edition contains modifications of the material in the first edition to improve the presentation, additional illustrative examples and homework problems, a new chapter on communication systems, and the use of numerous on-line demos that illustrate the concepts and techniques presented in the book. The demos are available at the Web site ( that accompanies this text. The chapter on communications covers both analog and digital modulation with an emphasis on the digital case, including phase-shift keying, frequency-shift keying, quadrature amplitude modulation, and on-off keying.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 3 edition (July 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131687379
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131687370
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 7 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #670,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Edward W. Kamen was born in Mansfield, Ohio on October 2, 1945. He obtained the degree of Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1967, and the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Ph.D. minor in Mathematics from Stanford University in 1971. From 1971 to 1981 he was on the faculty at Georgia Tech, where he carried out basic research on the study of infinite-dimensional systems and linear time-varying systems. In 1981, Dr. Kamen moved to the University of Florida where his research centered on two-dimensional systems and adaptive control. In 1986, he became Professor and Chairman of the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. While at Pitt, part of his research focused on the development of the SME filter approach to multiple target tracking. In 1991, Dr. Kamen returned to Georgia Tech to assume the Julian T. Hightower endowed professorship. While at Tech, he was an Associate Director of the Manufacturing Research Center and the founding director of the Center for Board Assembly Research (CBAR), which dealt with both education and research involving printed circuit board assembly. In 2002, Dr. Kamen retired from Georgia Tech (where he is now Professor Emeritus) in order to focus on developing techniques for trend analysis of time series data in real time, including financial data such as stock prices. Dr. Kamen is author/co-author of over 100 journal and conference papers and six textbooks in the areas of signals, systems, controls, and manufacturing. For a listing of his major research publications, go to the website Dr. Kamen was General Chairman of the 38th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control and he is a Fellow of the IEEE. During his 31 years as a university professor, he was the Ph.D. advisor of 28 students. For a list of the names of the graduates and their dissertation titles, go to the website

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Dissapointed April 20, 2005
The information in this book is difficult enough to learn, and the way it is presented here compounds the problem.

The Information and examples are not explained thoroughly or completely (to compressed) can be very over whelming.

There are many practice problems at the end of each chapter (great) there is one problem ...there are no ANSWERS???. I was not able to find a solutions manual. I even emailed the author (I got no reply). Very difficult to know if your solving the Practice Problems correctly if you don't have any solved practice prolems let alone any answers. I did manage to pick up some of what the author was trying to say, but i had to read each chapter numerous times. The website referred to in the book has a few solved example problems for each chapter, but many are hand written and could not be interpreted. In all honesty I was using this book in conjunction with a self study coarse and did not have the benefit of an instructor.I would not reccomend using this book alone,when trying to grasp this subject.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The fact that this book is written in plain language is great, it makes a lot of concepts a lot easier to digest. However, the material here is extremely patchy. As a student learning this for the first time, I've found that this textbook isn't exactly the most effective due to the holes between content areas. The author seems to go into detail about things that seem unimportant, while he/she skims over the real meat of the subject. And what's worse is the fact that there are no worked out examples. If there were more worked examples, concepts might click amongst the patchy conceptual explanations. There is MATLAB scattered throughout the text, which I've found useful at times, but it too is not explained well-enough. All in all, this is not a text that I recommend to those in their introductory signal processing courses, rather, I recommend this text to those who have already taken introductory signal processing classes and are in need of a review text. As a review for those already in the know, this text seems great.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cryptic August 22, 2006
This book would be excellent for someone who is already familiar with signals but is not good for the student who is learning the topic. Very few examples and no student solutions manual makes it a hard sell. For those after theory only.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars AWFUL book. March 18, 2009
I used this at VCU because my professor had attended GA Tech which is written by the professors there. It has no solutions to any "practice" problems. It doesnt go into enough detail and assumes that you already know this stuff. What's the point then? I couldn't recommend this to anyone. Beware for those who are purchasing it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Georgia Tech student perspective December 8, 2007
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Awful for a control system course (which is what it is intended for and used for at Georgia Tech). The only good control/systems sections were on root locus and Bode design. The first half of the book is on refresher material from DSP (Laplace transforms, etc.). Try Gene Franklin's Feedback Design book for a much more sophisticated approach (with examples!) on actual control systems.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor for Beginners September 25, 2010
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As a first time learner of Signals and Systems, this is a very poor book. Examples can be confusing, and the web portion of the book is dated. Hopefully you don't get this book asigned...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It works September 30, 2009
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The book is short and mostly clear. The biggest problem with it is no odd or even answers in the back. Without this it makes it nearly impossible to learn since you do not know whether your answers are right or not. Also, it does not include an index of fourier to real function graphs with their fourier phases. These graphs make learning transforms infinitely easier. It also has few examples that help clarify the material. On the plus side, if this is a review or second time looking at this material, it is a great reference/review book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for class and later MATLAB reference March 4, 2014
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For MATLAB, I really recommend Bassam Mahafza's texts instead, although his is more heavy in radar application of MATLAB than this one. However this one has well-constructed examples make this a good one to have and hold on to after class is over. I required this for a Wireless Computer Engineering major. Really like the book and will not trade it in after the class ends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Control systems
This is a great reference book for anyone learning control systems or Signal analysis. I use this book as a reference in my grad classes
Published 7 months ago by Nathan White
2.0 out of 5 stars NOT THE BEST FOR BEGINNERS
There are no examples, and if there are, they are extremely easy, no solutions to the practice problems. Your better off taking notes in your class than reading this.
Published 8 months ago by Fred
5.0 out of 5 stars good
I got this for more help in my circuits 2 class. When u learn about AC circuits signals and systems is extremely helpful.If you only study DC then don't bother.
Published 16 months ago by boby
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Book was in great condition and received in two days! It has really helped me out on my test and quizzes. I strongly recommend this book!
Published 21 months ago by GSwho
4.0 out of 5 stars Good shipping, good packaging, average binding
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Published on September 15, 2011 by AbbeFaria
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor introductory text
I am using this book for an undergraduate course on signals. I don't why it was selected; I would strongly hesitate to recommend it to anyone new to the subject, or even as a... Read more
Published on March 30, 2009 by Chris
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It was an excellent service. The time delivery and the book were excellent. I recommend this seller and I will buy more items if I need something from them.
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