Control theory is an interdisciplinary branch of engineering and mathematics that deals with the behavior of dynamical systems with inputs. The external input of a system is called the reference. When one or more output variables of a system need to follow a certain reference over time, a controller ...

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If matrices $A$ and $B$ commute, $A$ with distinct eigenvalues, then $B$ is a polynomial in $A$

If $A\in M_{n}$ has $n$ distinct eigenvalues and if $A$ commutes with a given matrix $B\in M_{n}$, how can I show that $B$ is a polynomial in $A$ of degree at most $n-1$? I think first I need to show ...
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Find a general control and then show that this could have been achieved at x2

Determine the general form of $u_0, u_1 ~\text{and} ~ u_2$ if a system of difference equations of the form $$x_{n+1} = Ax_n + Bu_n,$$ where: $$A = \begin{pmatrix} 3 & 2 & 2 \\ -1 ...
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Eigenvectors Trajectories

I got stuck with a problem while studying for a control systems exam. It goes as following: "Look at the picture of trajectories of a linear, time-invariant system with the form: ...
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Control / Feedback Theory

I am more interested in the engineering perspective of this topic, but I realize that fundamentally this is a very interesting mathematical topic as well. Also, at an introductory level they would be ...
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Existence of global solution of Riccati equation

Consider a Riccati differential equation $$ \dot P + A(t)^{T}P + PA(t) -PB(t)R(t)B(t)^{T}P + Q(t) = 0,\;\;\; P(t_0) = P_0 = P_0^{T} \geqslant 0 $$ where $Q(t) = Q(t)^{T} \geqslant 0$, $R(t) = ...
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significance of zeros of a transfer function?

In control theory, the poles of a transfer function give information about the stability and behavior of a system. I'm not sure and can't find anywhere what the significance of the zeros of a ...
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Lyapunov Stability of Non-autonomous Nonlinear Dynamical Systems

Let $\mathbf{F}:X\times\mathbb{R}^{+}\to X$ be a non-autonomous dynamical system, which is governed by $\dot{\mathbf{x}} = \mathbf{F}(\mathbf{x}, t, u)$, viz, \begin{equation} \begin{split} \dot{x}_1 ...
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How to obtain a possible state space representation of this 2nd order transfer function?

I have this 2nd order transfer function: $$G(s) = \frac{2}{s} + \frac{1}{s+2}$$ And I need to find a possible state space representation in the form of: $$ \frac{dx}{dt} = Ax + bu $$ $$y = c^Tx$$ ...
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showing any controllable system can be put in 'controller' form.

I am looking at the proof of the following theorem: Let $\dot{x} =Ax + Bu$ be a controllable single input system, where $\Delta_A:= \det(\lambda I -A) = \lambda^n + a_1\lambda^{n-1} + \ldots + ...
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Prove $0$ is an exponentially stable equilibrium of the system $x'=f(x)+g(x)$ if $f(0)=g(0)=0$

Besides the conditions in the title, we have: $0$ is an exponential equilibrium of the system $y'=f(y)$ $|g(x)|\leq \mu|x|,\forall x \in \mathbb{R}^n$ $\mu$ is sufficiently small! What I have ...
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How does the singularity of a system matrix affect the system's stability?

What can be said about system stability, given a singular system matrix below? \begin{align} A = \begin{bmatrix} 0 & 1 & 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 ...
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Optimal control

Consider the growth equation: $ \dot{x} = tu $, with $x(0)=0$ and $x(1)=1$, and with the cost function: $ J= \int_0^1 u^2 dt $. Show that $u^*=3t$ is a successful control, with $x^*=t^3$ and $J^*=3$ ...
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Quadratic approximation of a cost function with a Taylor expansion

See also http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/electrical-engineering-and-computer-science/6-832-underactuated-robotics-spring-2009/readings/MIT6_832s09_read_ch12.pdf, page 92. Given an instantaneous cost ...
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What is the purpose of the transfer function in PID?

In a SciLab project wherein they build a PID controller they include a CLR/continuous transfer function between the output of the PID and the multiplexer, which was used to combine the step and the ...
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How to obtain the state matrix of this trajectory?

Continuous-time LTI case. I have a problem getting the state matrix of this trajectory. One element of the state matrix is known. $$ A = \begin{pmatrix} a & 4 \\c & d \end{pmatrix} $$ I ...
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Find the control function

Determine the general form of $u_0, u_1 ~\text{and} ~ u_2$ if a system of difference equations of the form $$x_{n+1} = Ax_n + Bu_n,$$ where: $$A = \begin{pmatrix} 3 & 2 & 2 \\ -1 ...