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Closed Loop Control

Modified 2020-09-03 by Garrett Warren

This section introduces students to closed loop control. There are many every-day examples that can be used and are suggested in the lesson plans. This section then describes one of the most popular closed-loop controllers, the proportional integral derivative (PID) controller. Although the math behind the PID involves calculus, the high-level understanding is actually quite intuitive. Additionally, when the PID is implemented on the drone, summations are used instead of integrals. For students who have not taken calculus, showing the equations is optional. However, for students who have strong math backgrounds, showing the calculus may be worthwhile to motivate continued education in mathematics.