Determine whether each of the following characteristic equations represent a stable or unstable system.
a/ s3 + 6s2 + 11s + 6 = 0
b/ s3 + s2 - 8s - 12 = 0
any ideas guys??
For the first s=-1 is an obvious root, so you can factorise and use the quadratic formula to find the remaining roots.
For the second Descartes rule of signs tell you that the cubic has exactly one positive root.