(227-0103-00L) Signals and Systems II (Spring 2019)

The course updates shall be made available on the Moodle website accessible to all registered students. Some basic information about the course can be found below. Please take a look at the course webpage and the ETH course catalogue as well. The official course language will be English.

Flipped classroom

The lecture will be taught in the flipped classroom style, that is, you will prepare every lecture at home using a set of videos and exercises. The lecture itself will focus on interactive problem-solving sequences. We will provide plenty of material (e.g., videos, exercises, notes, slides, etc.) so that you can make the most out of it.

Description and tentative contents

The objective of this course is an introduction to basic concepts of system theory, in particluar, continuous and discrete time linear system theory in state space and frequency domain.

Topics covered in the course include

  • modeling and classification of dynamical systems;

  • modeling of linear, time invariant systems by state equations;

  • solution of state equations by time domain and Laplace methods;

  • stability, controllability and observability analysis;

  • frequency domain description, Bode and Nyquist plots;

  • sampled data and discrete time systems; and

  • advanced topics: nonlinear systems, chaos, discrete event systems, and hybrid systems.


Signal and Systems I (227-0045-00L) or equivalents, basic Matlab skills, as well as sufficient mathematical maturity. In case of doubt, please contact me.

Lecture notes

  • We will mainly use the black board as well as slides. Supplementary notes, cheat sheets, videos, and exercises will be made available on the Moodle platform.

  • There is no official textbook. We recommend the following book for self study:

    • K. J. Astrom & R. Murray. Feedback Systems: An Introduction for Scientists and Engineers. Princeton University Press, 2010. (Note: freely available online)

If you have any questions about the course, please send me an email. I will try to respond promptly.