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Experience Controls App

Free Mobile Control Systems Textbook

The Experience Controls app is a unique interactive mobile textbook introducing students to control systems fundamentals in an engaging way, through accessible language, real-time dynamic simulations, and self-directed learning. The accompanying instructor resources allow educators to easily implement Experience Controls into any new or existing control systems course.
Experience Controls can be downloaded for free on the App Store and Google Play.


Product Details

The Experience Controls textbook app covers the standard topics of undergraduate controls courses in a comprehensive, yet comprehensible way. The app uses clear and concise language, emphasizes concepts through examples and diagrams, tying them to industrial contexts and modern applications. The app also includes real-time dynamic simulations allowing students to interact directly with real control plant models. Furthermore, mini-lecture podcasts, problem sets, and assessment questions help students check their understanding of studied concepts as they progress through the content.
Instructors using Experience Controls in their courses have access to comprehensive resources, including lecture slides, homework, practice, and exam problem sets. These resources are designed to support modern engineering pedagogy approaches, such as flipped classroom, blended learning, and self-directed learning.

  • Free for students and instructors
  • Real-time dynamic simulations
  • Sensor interactions
  • Communication with real hardware
  • Real-world case studies and examples
  • Mini-lecture podcasts
  • End-of-chapter reviews
  • Rich instructor resources
App size 100 – 150 MB
App permissions View network connections
Control vibration

For Android Users:

Download Mechanism Google Play
Compatibility Requires Android 5 or later
Compatible with phones, tablets, and supported Chromebooks

For iOS Users:

Download Mechanism App Store
Compatibility Requires iOS 11.3 or later
Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch


  • Introduction to Control Systems:
    – Open and Closed Loops
    – Control Design
  • Hardware Integration:
    – Sensors
    – Data Acquisition
    – Signal Conditioning
    – Processors
    – Actuators
  • System Modelling
    – Laplace Transforms
    – Block Diagrams
    – Linearization
    – Theoretical and Experimental Modelling
    – Frequency Modelling
    – State Space Modelling
  • Types of Systems
    – Single- and Multi-input Systems
  • System Response
    – Steady-state Error
    – First-order Response
    – Second-order Response
  • Stability Analysis
    – BIBO Stability
    – Pole Stability
    – Routh-Hurwitz
  • PID Control
    – On-off Control
    – Proportional Control
    – PD Control
    – PI Control
    – Integrator Windup
    – PID Control
  • Lead Lag
    – Bode Plot
    – Lag Compensator
    – Lead Compensator
    – Root Locus Analysis
  • State Space
    – Observability
    – Controllability
    – Pole Placement
  • Control Schemes
    – Cascade Control
    – Feedforward Control
    – Hybrid Control Systems

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