Getting Started |

For basic information, see the Preface chapter, which explains what the Control System Toolbox is, discusses installation issues and typographic conventions, and outlines what is contained in the Control System Toolbox documentation.

The next three chapters of Getting Started with the Control System Toolbox describe how to do common control engineering tasks, including

- Building Models -- Describes how to build linear models, interconnect models, determine model characteristics, convert between continuous and discrete time models, and how to create perform model order reduction on large scale models. This chapter develops a DC motor model from basic laws of physics.
- Analyzing Models -- Introduces the LTI Viewer, a graphical user interface (GUI) that simplifies the task of viewing model responses. This chapter also discusses command-line functions for viewing model responses.
- Designing Compensators -- Introduces the SISO Design Tool, a GUI that allows you to rapidly iterate on compensator designs. You can use this tool to adjust compensator gains and add dynamics, such as poles, zeros, lead networks and notch filters. This chapter also discusses command-line functions for compensator design and includes examples of LQR and Kalman filter design.

Finally, Learning More discusses demos, the online help system, how to customize Control System Toolbox plots, the newsgroup comp.soft-sys.matlab, and what is available online at

http://www.mathworks.com.

Getting Started | Preface |