William Palm’s System Dynamics is a major new entry in this course offered for Mechanical, Aerospace and Electrical Engineering students, as well as for practicing engineers.

Palm’s text is notable for having the strongest coverage of computational software and system simulation of any available book. MATLAB is introduced in Chapter 1, and every subsequent chapter has a standalone MATLAB Applications section. No previous experience with MATLAB is assumed; methods are carefully explained, and a detailed appendix outlines use of the program. SIMULINK is introduced in Chapter 5, and used in subsequent chapters to demonstrate the use of system simulation techniques.

This textbook also makes a point of using real-world systems, such as vehicle suspension systems and motion control systems, to illustrate textbook content.

2 Modeling of Rigid-Body Mechanical Systems

3 Analytical Solution Methods

4 Spring and Damper Elements in Mechanical Systems

5 Transfer Functions and State Variable Models

6 Electrical and Electromechanical Systems

7 Fluid and Thermal Systems

8 System Analysis in the Time Domain

9 System Analysis in the Frequency Domain

10 Modeling and Analysis of Control Systems

11 Control System Design

12 Vibration Applications

Appendices

A MATLAB Primer

B Numerical Solution Methods for Ordinary Differential Equations

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