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Optimal Control Theory an Intoducti

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. Numerous problems, which introduce additional topics and illustrate basic concepts, appear throughout the text. Solution guide available upon request. 131 figures. 14 tables. 1970 edition.
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I. Describing the System and Evaluating Its Performance. 1. Introduction. 2. The Performance Measure. II. Dynamic Programming. 3. Dynamic Programming. III. The Calculus of Variations and Pontryagin's Minimum Principle. 4. The Calculus of Variations. 5. The Variational Approach to Optimal Control Problems. IV. Iterative Numerical Techniques for Finding Optimal Controls and Trajectories. 6. Numerical Determination of Optimal Trajectories. V. Conclusion. 7. Summation. Appendices. Index.

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