edX: Transfer Functions and the Laplace Transform

 with  Haynes Miller and Jeremy Orloff

This course is about the Laplace Transform, a single very powerful tool for understanding the behavior of a wide range of mechanical and electrical systems: from helicopters to skyscrapers, from light bulbs to cell phones. This tool captures the behavior of the system and displays it in highly graphical form that is used every day by engineers to design complex systems.

This course is centered on the concept of the transfer function of a system. Also called the system function, the transfer function completely describes the response of a system to any input signal in a highly conceptual manner. This visualization occurs not in the time domain, where we normally observe behavior of systems, but rather in the “frequency domain.” We need a device for moving from the time domain to the frequency domain; this is the Laplace transform.

We will illustrate these principles using concrete mechanical and electrical systems such as tuned mass dampers and RLC circuits.


  • Review of differential equations
  • System function and frequency response
  • Laplace Transform
  • Rules and applications
  • Impulses and impulse response
  • Convolution
  • Feedback and filters
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Cost Free Online Course
Subject Mathematics
Provider edX
Language English
Hours 2-5 hours a week
Calendar 9 weeks long
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