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Optimal Control Theory: An Introduction

Optimal Control Theory: An Introduction

By: Donald E. Kirk

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Optimal control theory is the science of maximizing the returns from and minimizing the costs of the operation of physical, social, and economic processes. Geared toward upper-level undergraduates, this text introduces three aspects of optimal control theory: dynamic programming, Pontryagin's minimum principle, and numerical techniques for trajectory optimization.
Chapters 1 and 2 focus on describing systems and evaluating their performances. Chapter 3 deals with dynamic programming. The calculus of variations and Pontryagin's minimum principle are the subjects of chapters 4 and 5, and chapter 6 examines iterative numerical techniques for finding optimal controls and trajectories. Numerous problems, intended to introduce additional topics as well as to illustrate basic concepts, appear throughout the text.

Reprint of the Prentice-Hall, Inc., Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, 1970 edition.

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ISBN 100486434842
ISBN 139780486434841
Author/EditorDonald E. Kirk
FormatBook
Page Count464
Dimensions5 3/8 x 8 1/2

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