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Continuous Signals and Systems with MATLAB / Edition 2

Continuous Signals and Systems with MATLAB / Edition 2

by Taan ElAli
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ISBN-13: 2901420054742
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 01/11/2008
Series: Electrical Engineering Textbook Series
Edition description: REV
Pages: 520
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

About the Author

Than S. EIAIi, Ph.D., is an associate professor of engineering and computer science at Wilberforce University, Wilberforce, Ohio. He received his B.S. in electrical engineering from the Ohio State University, Columbus, his M.S. in electrical systems engineering from Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, and his M.S. in applied mathematics and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering, with a specialization in systems, from The University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio. He has more than 10 years teaching and research experience in the areas of continuous and discrete signals and systems. He was awarded the "Who's Who Among America's Teachers" for 1998 and 2000.

Dr. EIAli has contributed many journal articles and conference presentations in the area of systems. He has been extensively involved in the establishment of the electrical and computer engineering degree programs and curriculum development at Wilberforce University. He redesigned the freshman introduction to engineering course. He is the author of Introduction to Engineering and Computing. His next book, Discrete Signals and Systems with MATLAB™, will be published by CRC Press.

Mohammad A. Karim, Ph.D., is dean of engineering at City College of the City University of New York. He received his B.S. in physics from the University of Dacca, Bangladesh, in 1976, and his M.S. degrees in both physics and electrical engineering, and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering, from the University of Alabama in 1978, 1979, and 1981, respectively. He is active in research in the areas of information processing, pattern recognition, optical computing, displays, and EO systems.

Dr. Karim is the author of the books Digital Design: A Pragmatic Approach, Electro-Optical Devices and Systems, Optical Computing: An Introduction, and Electro-Optical Displays, eight book chapters, and more than 300 papers. He is the North American editor of Optics & Laser Technology, and an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Education. He serves on the editorial board of Microwave & Optical Technology Letters. He has served as guest editor for nine journal special issues. He is a fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA) and Society of Photo-Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). He is a senior member of IEEE and a member of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE).

Table of Contents

Signal Representation

Continuous Systems
Fourier Series
Fourier Transform and Linear Systems
Laplace Transform and Linear Systems
State-Space and Linear Systems
Modeling and Representation of Linear Systems
Introduction to the Design of Systems
Linearization of Nonlinear Systems


All books on linear systems for undergraduates cover discrete and continuous systems material together in a single volume. Such books also include topics in discrete and continuous filter design, and discrete and continuous state-space representations. However, with this magnitude of coverage, the student typically gets a little of both discrete and continuous linear systems but not enough of either. Minimal coverage of discrete linear systems material is acceptable provided that there is ample coverage of continuous linear systems. On the other hand, minimal coverage of continuous linear systems does no justice to either of the two areas. Under the best of circumstances, a student needs a solid background in both these subjects. It is no wonder that these two areas are now being taught separately in so many institutions.

Continuous linear systems is a broad topic in itself and merits a single book devoted to that material. The objective of this book is to present the required material that an undergraduate student needs to master this subject matter and the use of MATLAB™ (The MathWorks Inc.) in solving problems in this area.

This book offers broad, detailed, focused comprehensive coverage of continuous linear systems, based on basic mathematical principles. It presents many solved problems from various engineering disciplines using analytical tools as well as MATLAB. This book is intended primarily for undergraduate junior and senior electrical, mechanical, aeronautical, and aerospace engineering students. Practicing engineers will also find this book useful.

This book is ideal for use in a one-semester course in continuous linear systems where the instructor can easily cover all of the chapters. Each chapter presents numerous examples that illustrate each concept. A distinguishing feature of this book is the wide range of engineering disciplines covered by the End-of-Chapter Examples, which demonstrate the theory presented. Most of the worked-out examples are first solved analytically and then solved using MATLAB in a clear and understandable fashion.

This book concentrates on explaining the subject matter with easy-to-follow mathematical development and numerous solved examples. The book covers traditional topics and includes chapters on system design, statespace representation, and linearization of nonlinear systems. The reader does not need to be fluent in MATLAB because the examples are presented in a self-explanatory way.

To the Instructor

In a semester-long course, Chapters 1 through 7 can be covered first. Chapters 8 and 9 can then be covered in any order. In one quarter and because of time constraints, Chapter 8 can be skipped, if desired.

To the Student

Familiarity with calculus, differential equations, and basic dynamics is desirable. If and where certain background material must be presented, that background material is presented right before the topic under consideration. This unique "just-in-time approach" helps the student stay focused on the topic. This book presents three forms of numerical solutions using MATLAB. The first form allows you to type any command at the MATLAB prompt and then press the Enter key to get the results. The second form is the MATLAB script, a set of MATLAB commands you type and save in a file. You can run this file by typing the file name at the MATLAB prompt and then pressing the Enter key. The third form is the MATLAB function form, where you create the function and run it in the same way you create and run the script file. The only difference is that the name of the MATLAB function should be the same as the file name.

To the Practicing Engineer

The practicing engineer will find topics in this book useful. In real life systems are nonlinear, and this book describes, step by step, the process of linearizing nonlinear systems. MATLAB, an invaluable tool for the practicing engineer, is used in solving most of the problems.


I would like to thank the CRC international team. Special thanks go to Nora Konopka, who greatly encouraged me when I discussed this project with her initially. She has reaffirmed my belief that this is a much-needed book. Thanks to Christine Andreasen, project editor, for her careful review of the text. Thanks also to Mr. R. Dlamini of Wilberforce University who helped edit the figures.

Finally, "nothing is perfect." Please forward any comments or concerns about this book to the author at or to the publisher.

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