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Exam Aug./Sept. 2016

If you need to retake the exam for the lectures part, you need to solve the problems in the pdf below and take your own, hand-written solutions to the oral exam. Your result will depend on the oral discussion about your answers and on the answers you give to the extra questions that are asked during the oral examination! The exact schedule of the oral exam will become available later on.

pdf2 Examen_Sept2016_EN (English version)

pdf2 Examen_Sept2016 (Dutch version)

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Exam September 2015

If you need to retake the exam for the lectures part in september, you need to solve the problems in the pdf below and take your own, hand-written solutions to the oral exam in september. Your result will depend on the oral discussion about your answers and on the answers you give to the extra questions that are asked during the oral examination! The exact schedule of the oral exam will become available later on (ca. 20′ per student).

pdf2 ExamenNL_september

pdf2 ExamenEN_september

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Exam September 2014

If you need to retake the exam for the lectures part in september, you need to solve the problems in the pdf below and take your own, hand-written solutions to the oral exam in september. Your result will depend on the oral discussion about your answers and on the answers you give to the extra questions that are asked during the oral examination! The exact schedule of the oral exam will become available later on.

For the exercise sessions, you will get an assignment on the day of the exam, consisting of an exercise that needs to be solved partly on paper and partly using Simulink!

pdf2  September

pdf2  September_EN

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Some exam–ples

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Take Home exam (September 2013)

If you need to retake the exam for the lectures part in september, you need to solve the problems in the pdf below and take your own, hand-written solutions to the oral exam in september. Your result will mainly depend on the oral discussion about your answers and on the answers you give to the extra questions that are asked during the oral examination! The exact schedule of the oral exam will become avaialble later on.

For the exercise sessions, you will get an assignment on the day of the exam, consisting of an exercise that needs to be solved partly on paper and partly using Simulink!

pdf2 Exam_sept2013_EN

pdf2 Exam_sept2013_NL

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My presentation on Interactive Teaching available @ LESEC

The slides of the presentation on the Control Theory lectures like they were used in my talk at the annual event of LESEC are available from the LESEC website.

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A word on the instructional method(s)

The interactive lectures are currently based on the article of Deslauriers et al. (2011) on Improved learning in a Large-Enrollment Physics Class that appeared in Science. This comes down to the use of a number of different techniques of which the most important are pre-reading assignments, pre-class quizzes, the use of clicker questions and in-class group tasks, allowing for just in time teaching (which I think is a bit of an excessive word for what it is, but ok).

This article on pre-reading assignments and this blog worked inspirationally as well.

Students can receive bonuses by completing pre-class quizzes and by answering in-class questions.

Students (or others) who have suggestions or remarks concerning the way these lectures are organised can always leave a comment here!

 

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Some videos of feedback systems

How a toilet works

Self-erecting inverted pendulum, developed at GROUP T several years ago

Example of a Level Control set-up, much like the one you encountered in the lab sessions in sem. 1

Explanation of DC motor control using a PC

Body temperature and glucose level control explained by means of a puppet show – why not?

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Course Notes Chapter 1 – Introduction to feedback

Course notes for chapter 1 (Introduction)

ControlTheory1213_CH1 (pdf)

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Some Reference Books

If you like some additional information, here are some books on Control Theory that might be useful. The books are also available at Module 7 from Peter Slaets his secret cabinet.

– ‘Modern Control Systems’ by Dorf & Bishop  – a lot of exercises and examples on dynamic behavior of control systems (Google Books link).

– ‘Control Systems Engineering’ by Nagrath & Gopal is a bit similar, but more advanced (Google books link).

– If you want to have a good book on control theory in Dutch, perhaps ‘Regeltechniek voor Technici’ (a translation of an English book) by S. Nise could come to the rescue (buy book on bol.com).

Feel free to add interesting references or links in the comments!

 

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