In control system theory, the Routh–Hurwitz stability criterion is a mathematical test that is a necessary and sufficient condition for the stability of a linear time-invariant (LTI) control system. The Routh test is an efficient recursive algorithm that English mathematician Edward John Routh proposed in 1876 to determine whether all the roots of the characteristic polynomial of a linear system have negative real parts. German mathematician Adolf Hurwitz independently proposed in 1895 to arrange the coefficients of the polynomial into a square matrix, called the Hurwitz matrix, and showed that the polynomial is stable if and only if the sequence of determinants of its principal submatrices are all positive. The two procedures are equivalent, with the Routh test providing a more efficient way to compute the Hurwitz determinants than computing them directly. A polynomial satisfying the Routh–Hurwitz criterion is called a Hurwitz polynomial.
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What's a Control System and Why Should I Care? A whirlwind tour through the ...
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Routh Array and Stability
I show how we can find the range of allowed controller gains for a system that will allow us to maintain stability using a Routh Array.See More
Routh Stability Criterion Intro and Example
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Routh-Hurwitz Criterion, Special Cases
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Routh-Hurwitz Criterion, Beyond Stability
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Routh-Hurwitz Criterion, An Introduction
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The Routh-Hurwitz Stability Criterion
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