I want to design a digital butterworth lowpass filter of nth order, with
only freedom of choice to user being order of the filter and the cut off
frequency, i already have a 1st order low pass.
Code:

1

T=1/(2*pi*this.fc);

2

this.A=-1/T;

3

this.B=1/T;

4

this.C=1;

5

this.D=0;

This is a very basic lowpass PT1 filter, i take the state space matrix,
descrtize it and apply it to my signal. now i want to extend my library
to butterworth. I am trying to use as many minimal matlab commands as
possible. So i thought it's better to derive in hand before implementing
it. i wanted to know how to deal with damping ratio as the order is
progressed.
When i was searching for answer, i came across wiki of butter worth
filter:
See attachment. it's the list of polynomials
I can just hard code this, but have they considered damping ratio and
how do i covert this to state space.
OR
I found another way, where i find zeros and poles based on the order of
the filter.

with SciLab ( a free MatLab clone) you can use:
hz=iir(n,ftype,fdesign,frq,delta)
[p,z,g]=iir(n,ftype,fdesign,frq,delta)
Arguments
n
positive number witn integer value, the filter order.
ftype
string specifying the filter type, the possible values are: 'lp' for
low-pass,'hp' for high pass,'bp' for band pass and 'sb' for stop band.
fdesign
string specifying the analog filter design, the possible values are:
'butt', 'cheb1', 'cheb2' and 'ellip'
frq
2-vector of discrete cut-off frequencies (i.e., 0<frq<.5). For 'lp' and
'hp' filters only frq(1) is used (in this case, frq can be a scalar).
For 'bp' and 'sb' filters frq(1) is the upper cut-off frequency and
frq(2) is the lower cut-off frequency.
delta
2-vector of error values for cheb1, cheb2, and ellip filters where only
delta(1) is used for cheb1 case, only delta(2) is used for cheb2 case,
and delta(1) and delta(2) are both used for ellip case.
0<delta(1),delta(2)<1
for cheb1 filters 1-delta(1)<ripple<1 in passband
for cheb2 filters 0<ripple<delta(2) in stopband
for ellip filters 1-delta(1)<ripple<1 in passband and 0<ripple<delta(2)
in stopband
hz
a single input single output discrete transfer function, the low pass
filter
p
vector of transformed filter zeros.
z
vector of transformed filter poles.
g
a scalar: transformed filter gain.
Example:
hz=iir(3,'bp','ellip',[.15 .25],[.08 .03]);
[hzm,fr]=frmag(hz,256);
plot2d(fr',hzm')
xtitle('Discrete IIR filter: band pass 0.15 < fr < 0.25 ',' ',' ');

Hello,
Thanks for replying. I do not want to use any of the built in commands,
i want to implement my own methods. Or else it was just as easy as
'butter' commands in matlab.