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A computer for system functions Scratchley, Edward William


This thesis describes the development and testing of an analogue computer capable in principle of solving twentieth-degree polynomials with real coefficients, tenth-degree polynomials with complex coefficients, and of performing Fourier synthesis of even and odd functions as well as simulating system-function response curves. A description of the computer components and layout including all necessary power supplies is given. Emphasis is placed on the correct adjustment procedure. Results from illustrative problems verifying the computer operation are given. These results indicate that in favourable cases, accuracies of two significant figures for the modulus and of two degrees for the argument are obtainable for the zeros of a polynomial.

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