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Lee & Varaiya: Structure and Interpretation of Signals and Systems
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Lee and Varaiya, Structure and Interpretation of Signals and Systems

Signals convey information. Systems transform signals. This book introduces the mathematical models used to design and understand both. It is intended for students interested in developing a deep understanding of how to digitally create and manipulate signals to measure and control the physical world and to enhance human experience and communication. This book is based on several years of successful classroom use at the University of California, Berkeley. The material starts with an early introduction to applications, well before students have built up enough theory to fully analyze the applications. This motivates students to learn the theory and allows students to master signals and systems at the sophomore level. The material motivates signals and systems through sound and images. Calculus is the only prerequisite.

Paperback: Second Edition, Printing 2.04 (LuLu.com)

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Please cite this book as: Edward A. Lee and Pravin Varaiya, Structure and Interpretation of Signals and Systems, Second Edition, LeeVaraiya.org, ISBN 978-0-578-07719-2, 2011.

Please send any and all corrections, comments, and suggestions to leevaraiya@leevaraiya.org.

The first edition was published by Addison Wesley in 2003. This book has an associated Lab Manual that includes well-integrated MATLAB and Simulink labs.

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