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Practical Signals Theory with MATLAB Applications

Practical Signals Theory with MATLAB Applications

Richard J. Tervo

ISBN: 978-1-118-11539-8 February 2013 480 Pages


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Practical Signals Theory with MATLAB Applications is organized around applications, first introducing the actual behavior of specific signals and then using them to motivate the presentation of mathematical concepts.  Tervo sequences the presentation of the major transforms by their complexity:  first Fourier, then Laplace, and finally the z-transform. 

The goal is to help students who can’t visualize phenomena from an equation to develop their intuition and learn to analyze signals by inspection. 

Finally, most examples and problems are designed to use MATLAB, making the presentation more in line with modern engineering practice.

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Chapter 1: Introduction to Signals and Systems

Chapter 2: Classification of Signals

Chapter 3: Linear Systems

Chapter 4: The Fourier Series

Chapter 5: The Fourier Transform

Chapter 6: Practical Fourier Transforms

Chapter 7: The Laplace Transform

Chapter 8: Discrete Signals

Chapter 9: The z-Transform

Chapter 10: Introduction to Communications

  • Actual signal behavior, from which mathematical theory is derived, is presented first. Most competing texts do the opposite.
  • Integrated coverage of each transform in the Continuous Time and Discrete Time domains.
  • MATLAB integrated throughout.
  • Extensive use of innovative applications in examples and problems.
  • Provides a strong emphasis on developing student intuition through analysis by inspection.