Linear System Theory and Design

Linear System Theory and Design
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Striking a balance between theory and applications, Linear System Theory and Design, Fourth Edition, uses simple and efficient methods to develop results and design procedures that students can readily employ.

Ideal for advanced undergraduate courses and first-year graduate courses in linear systems and multivariable system design, it is also a helpful resource for practicing engineers.


Companion website at contains PowerPoint-based versions of the figures from the text (available to adopters of the text)

An Instructor's Solutions Manual is available to adopters

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Don't buy unless you have to

By Ayhan Kammer on Oct 17, 2014

I think this not a helpful textbook at all. I certainly would not have bought it if it wasn't the mandatory textbook for one of my courses. The contents are not comprehensive enough. Definitely not enough example problems. In short, the book is far from being "self-sufficient" or "self-contained". This means in some cases it doesn't matter how much you study the material, you still won't be able to figure out some problems at the end of the chapters. This should never be the case in a textbook. The base line is, in every textbook that you would consider "good", you can always go back and study the main material if you're struggling with problems. In this book, this simply does not help. You have to search online, look at other sources to figure out how to solve certain problems. Instead of buying this chaotic mess, I would recommend you buy two separate books instead. One proper "systems/controls" textbook (Ogata's books are perfect, for instance), and one decent "linear algebra" textbook. This textbook attempts to combine the two but the result is terrible.

Four Stars

By Shl2266ss on Sep 22, 2014

A good book.

Different fo the photo

By Adriano Bittar on Oct 08, 2013

I asked by the fourth edition, and it arrived the third edition. Also, it came a "international edition". But, I could return without major problems.

Not a ton of content here. It's a solid ...

By M&m on Nov 08, 2014

Not a ton of content here. It's a solid book on the basics that contains a semester's worth of material.

Not very useful.

By Pj on Dec 27, 2013

My professor assigned this book for a grad level math course. He only assigned reading a few sections and HW problems in the book, which is a shame, considering how much I paid for it. Anyway, I found the book to be difficult to follow, especially in view of the highly complex and confusing subject matter it tries to cover. If you think this subject matter pertains only to practical applications of matricies and linear algebra, then you are in for a very unpleasant surprise.

Three Stars

By Joey on Nov 21, 2014

so many typos which can lead to misunderstanding of some of the concepts


By Donaga on Sep 19, 2013

The book can be quite hard and confusing to follow. Not necessarily the easiest material either, but there are some good explanations for theorems, but not enough examples to show how to utilize those theorems.

Not worth it

By Anand K. Balakrishnan on Sep 01, 2014

This is a poor book. It is for readers who are already well versed with the concepts presented in the book. Definitely not for someone who is trying to use it for a senior year or first year grad course as mentioned in the book. Control theory needs to be understood intuitively. This book is full of equations and that certainly doesn't help with developing an intuitive understanding. Waste of money.

Book Details Summary: The title of this book is Linear System Theory and Design and it was written by Chi-Tsong Chen. This particular edition is in a Hardcover format. This books publish date is Nov 14, 2012 and it has a suggested retail price of $175.40. It was published by Oxford University Press and has a total of 400 pages in the book . The 10 digit ISBN is 0199959579 and the 13 digit ISBN is 9780199959570. To buy this book at the lowest price, Click Here.