The calendar below provides information on the course's lecture (L) and recitation (R) sessions.

L1 Course introduction, history and advantages of feedback
R1 Closed loop vs. open loop systems Problem set 1 out
L2 Desensitivity, linearization via feedback
R2 Block diagrams and physical modeling
L3 Modeling and linearization of systems
R3 Block diagrams (cont.)

Problem set 1 due

Problem set 2 out

L4 First and second-order systems
R4 Complex variables and the s-plane Prelab 1A out
L5 Steady state errors
L6 Introduction to stability
R5 Op-amp circuits and analog computers

Problem set 2 due

Problem set 3 out

L7 Evan's root locus method and the root locus rules Prelab 1B out
R6 Steady-state errors

Problem set 3 due

Problem set 4 out

L8 The inverted pendulum system
R7 Root locus
L9 Introduction to the Nyquist criterion
R8 Root locus (cont.)

Problem set 4 due

Problem set 5 out

L10 Examples of the Nyquist criterion
R9 Introduction to the Nyquist criterion

Problem set 5 due

Problem set 6 out

Quiz 1
R10 Nyquist stability Problem set 7 out
L11 Degree of stability and gain setting: Hall and Nichols charts Problem set 6 due
R11 Phase-locked loops Prelab 1C out
L12 Bode diagrams, gain margin and phase margin
R12 Phase-locked loops II

Problem set 7 due

Problem set 8 out

L13 Open-loop performance specifications and the Bode Obstacle Course Prelab 1D out
R13 Our analytical toolbox
L14 Compensation: motivation and goals
R14 Bode obstacle course

Problem set 8 due

Problem set 9 out

L15 Series compensation: lead and lag networks
R15 More Bode obstacle course and compensation
L16 Operational amplifier compensation examples
R16 Compensation Problem set 9 due
Quiz 2
L17 Introduction to minor-loop compensation
L18 More minor-loop external op-amp compensation Problem set 10 out
R17 Black's formula revisited and lead compensation
L19 Op-amp internal compensation examples
R18 Minor loop feedback Problem set 10 due
L20 Dealing with lightly damped quadratics
R19 Minor loop in an op-amp
L21 Non-linear systems and describing functions
R20 Minor loop in an op-amp (cont.)
L22 Oscillators and describing functions
R21 Block diagrams from circuits
R22 Return ratio
L23 Conditional stability and non-linear compensation
R23 Time delays
L24 Special guest lecture
R24 Describing functions Design problem due
R25 Feedback systems
R26 Final recitation and review
Final Exam