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System Dynamics [Hardcover]

William Palm III
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January 26, 2009 0073529273 978-0073529271 2
System Dynamics includes the strongest treatment of computational software and system simulation of any available text, with its early introduction of MATLAB® and Simulink®. The text's extensive coverage also includes discussion of the root locus and frequency response plots, among other methods for assessing system behavior in the time and frequency domains as well as topics such as function discovery, parameter estimation, and system identification techniques, motor performance evaluation, and system dynamics in everyday life.

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William J. Palm III is Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics at the University of Rhode Island. In 1966 he received a B.S. from Loyola College in Baltimore, and in 1971 a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Astronautical Sciences from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Hardcover: 848 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math; 2 edition (January 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0073529273
  • ISBN-13: 978-0073529271
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #357,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's not like you have a choice, but.... October 28, 2006
I have heard that there are only a few books out there for system dynamics, so I want to cut this one some slack. However, what I want in a book is many detailed examples, and this book simply does not have that. It has quite a bit of explaining, but in my opinion, one example is worth 1000 words. The examples it has tended not to be inclusive.

Considering the content, the text is quite readable.

This would be a good supplement if the professor did plenty of practice problems in class. As most (of mine) do not, I really do not know how to do problems.

Another thing that irks me about this book is that it does not have answers, not even selected answers, in the back. Therefore, I have no idea if I am doing the problems correctly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Engstudentosu August 17, 2009
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This book is okay it has decent examples and explains the material pretty good. it has good matlab example and code that are pretty useful. the only thing i think that would make it better is better or more graphics and more real world work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not real impressed November 13, 2011
By TheHorn
This book is about as dry as it gets when it comes to texts. Most likely it will be mandatory for your class but just hope that your teacher has some good example problems for you and can explain them because this texts in limited in its examples and does not help you understand them well enough.
The reason i gave it the two stars I did is the redeeming factor of the material in the book. It is actually very useful. Its just that the authors didn't do the best job of aiding in understanding.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Terrible Book October 8, 2007
If you haven't extensively reviewed the material seen in this book beforehand--in the form of classes and/or thorough notes or examples---assignments will be hell to do.

The book has examples for one case of one type of problem. Any deviations from that and you'll be left scratching your head for hours--very unhelpful examples.

Bad explanations and bad examples--terrible book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not very good October 2, 2010
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This book is not good. Its hard to follow and has poor examples. It also doesn't show you the matlab code very well.
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