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A Primer on Pontryagin's Principle in Optimal Control

A Primer on Pontryagin's Principle in Optimal ControI

I. Michael Ross, Collegiate Publishers, 2009

This book introduces a student to Pontryagin's "Maximum" Principle in a tutorial style. How to formulate an optimal control problem and how to apply Pontryagin's theory are the main topics. Numerous examples are used to discuss pitfalls in problem formulation. Figures are used extensively to complement the ideas. An entire chapter is dedicated to solved example problems: from the classical Brachistochrone problem to modern space vehicle guidance. These examples are also used to show how to obtain optimal nonlinear feedback control. Students in engineering and mathematics will find this book to be a useful complement to their lecture notes.