1 Introduction to Design

Upon completion of this chapter, you will be able to:

• Describe the overall process of designing systems

• Distinguish between engineering design and engineering analysis activity

• Distinguish between the conventional design process and optimum design process

• Distinguish between the optimum design and optimal control problems

• Understand the notations used for operations with vectors, matrices, and functions

Engineering consists of a number of well established activities, including analysis, design, fabrication, sales, research, and the development of systems. The subject of this text—the design of systems—is a major field in the engineering profession. The process of designing and fabricating systems has been ...

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