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Week 4 - System Responses

Updated 2020-01-20

Types of Responses

The response of a system ($Y(s)=G(s)U(s)$) depends on the input to the system, $U(s)$.

The total reponse of the system is the superposition of the natural and forced response.

Final Value

The final value describes where the system response is heading to. The DC gain, $K_{DC}$, is $G(s)\vert_{s=0}$, which is the final value of the step response.

For example, the DC gain for the following transfer function is 3. \(\left.\frac{3}{s^2+2s+1}\right\vert_{s=0}=3\) This is a problem for any system with a pole at zero: since setting $s=0$ would imply an infinite DC gain. To find the final value, we must multiply the transfer function by $s$. So the definition is: \(\text {FV}=s(F(s))\vert_{s=0}\)

Final Value Theorem

The final value exists if and only if that there exists no purely imaginary poles, no poles on the righthand plane, and the number of pole at the origin is less than or equal to 1.