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A special-purpose electric analog computer and its application to the solution of certain nonlinear differential equations

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Howard, Robert C. (1953) A special-purpose electric analog computer and its application to the solution of certain nonlinear differential equations. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechETD:etd-05062003-110154

Abstract

This thesis consists of three parts. (1) An analog computer investigation was made of certain phenomena that can be found among the solutions of a simple nonlinear differential equation. (2) An arbitrary function generator and associated equipment were developed to be used in the solution of more difficult nonlinear equations such as those representing nonlinear servomechanisms. This function generator operates on the logarithmic principle and can be likened to an electronic slide rule. (3) The operation of the function generator was demonstrated by forming a nonlinear computer using the generator and other active and passive circuit elements. This computer was used to investigate the solutions to several modifications of Van der Pol's equation.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Engineering and Applied Science
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Unknown, Unknown
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:1 January 1953
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-05062003-110154
Persistent URL:http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechETD:etd-05062003-110154
Default Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:1644
Collection:CaltechTHESIS
Deposited By: Imported from ETD-db
Deposited On:06 May 2003
Last Modified:26 Dec 2012 02:40

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