In this chapter we present a range of dynamical systems from different areas of application and use them as examples to illustrate some typical problems from systems and control theory. Several of the mathematical models we introduce and discuss in the following sections will be taken up as examples in later chapters. The development of mathematical systems theory starts in the next chapter. The readers who prefer to go directly to Chapter 2 can do so without any difficulty as the mathematical exposition in that chapter is self-contained and independent of following material. On encountering an example based on a dynamic model from Chapter 1, they may wish to look back to its origin here to find more details and get additional background information.
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