I've been trying to figure this problem out for a while now. I've been given a transfer function $$H(s) = \frac{s(s+100)}{(s+2)(s+20)}.$$ I'm supposed to calculate the bode magnitude and frequency for it and then plot them. When I had done out the calculation I ended up getting $$|H(j\omega)| = \frac{\sqrt{\omega^4 - 10000\omega^2}}{\sqrt{\omega^4 - 484\omega^2 + 1600}}.$$

However this doesn't seem to be correct. I keep attempting my calculations but none of them seem to be correct. I'm also not sure how I can go about to plot it. Could anyone please help me out with this? Thanks!


The magnitude of $H(j \omega)$ is

$$|H(j \omega)| = \frac{\sqrt{\omega^4 + 10000\, \omega^2}}{\sqrt{\omega^4+404\, \omega^2 + 1600}}$$

The reason for this is that $|a + i b| = \sqrt{a^2+b^2}$ for $a,b \in \mathbb{R}$.

The phase of $H(j \omega)$ may be computed by taking phases of individual terms:

$$\arg{H(j \omega)} = \frac{\pi}{2} + \arctan{\frac{\omega}{100}} - \arctan{\frac{\omega}{2}}- \arctan{\frac{\omega}{20}}$$

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks, also for frequency, would it be then H(jw) = tan^-1(w/100) - tan^-1(w^2/(404w^2 + 1600)? $\endgroup$ – Asdeev Apr 7 '13 at 23:06

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