Welcome to ECE441A/541A, Fall 2013
|Times:||MWF 8:00--8:50 PM|
|Instructors:||Dr. Jonathan Sprinkle|
|Email: sprinkle@ECE.Arizona.Edu (preferred contact method)|
Automatic Control is the use of feedback and composition to achieve desired system behavior. This course covers linear control system representation in time and frequency domains, feedback control system characteristics, performance analysis and stability, and design of control.
Graduate-level requirements include evaluation on the following set of topics: Mathematical Rigor: proofs of various design guidelines; utility of signal norms as principal characteristics of a controller. Robust Control: analysis techniques for controllers with plant or other uncertainty. Project: analysis and design on a relevant novel control systems topic, using rigorous mathematics to prove properties of the system or to validate design goals, presented in the form of a conference paper. Project ideas may be developed with the instructor or graduate advisor.
(13.12.06) Homework 7 is assigned
Homework 7 is available from the Homeworks page. If you submit this homework it will be graded, and can replace 1 (and only one) exam problem, from any Exam 1-3. Please specify the exam and problem you would like to replace. If you do not submit the homework, then the '0' grade will be dropped from Homework 7. Late submissions will not be graded or returned.
(13.11.22) Opportunity to restore participation grades
Homework 7 will be assigned after Exam 3. If you want to replace a participation grade, you can work some problems from Chapter 3 or Chapter 9. You can replace up to two grades for participation by working all five problems, and replace 1 grade by working at least 2 problems.
P9.2, P9.4 (for Nyquist plots), and E3.8, E3.10, E3.19. We can discuss your solutions in office hours or over email if you like. Submit your solutions via D2L before Exam 3 is held. (Video) solutions from the instructor will be produced and shared after the exam, but you can only get feedback on your solutions (before the exam) if you come to office hours on Monday 11/25.
(13.10.26) Homework 5 assigned
Homework 5 has been released, check the Homeworks page. Note that this homework will be due on a day where class is not held, so it is due to the ECE Departmental Office (ECE 255) not the department head's office (256). There's a big red sign that says "Departmental Office", use that sign to see where to turn in your homework.
(13.10.11) Homework 4 assigned
Homework 4 is out and about, check the Homeworks page.
(13.09.27) Homework 3 assigned
Check out the Homeworks page.
(13.09.20) Quiz 1 online
Go to the YouTube playlist to find the quiz, and submit your answer to D2L before 08:00 on Monday. Your answer can be a photo of your paper, a PDF, a video of you solving the problem---whatever you like, but please provide your answer to the Quiz 1 DropBox by that date.
Also, I'm posting this to the YouTube playlist because I believe that many of you may not have looked at the playlist online yet. All lectures are on D2L, but YouTube's playlist contains dozens more videos that are not found on D2L, which I believe will help you in understanding problems we are solving in the course. Good luck!