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.
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.