1.5. A Look Ahead

Chapter 2 develops fundamental models based on material and energy balances, while Chapter 3 covers dynamic analysis. Chapter 4 shows how to develop empirical models from plant tests. Chapter 5 is an introduction to feedback control and provides the first look at quantitative control-system design procedures.

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