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ME 431: Fundamentals of Mechanical Vibration

Dynamics can be described as the study of the motions of bodies, along with the forces that accompany or cause these motions. We separate this discipline into two separate, but related, branches. Kinematics is strictly involved with the motion, i.e., considerations of space and time without regard to the forces that produce this motion. Kinetics, the complementary branch, deals with the relationship between force and motion. In a sense, kinematics describes the possible motion, or the allowable position, velocity, and accelerations. Kinetics, on the other hand, involves the specific motion undergone by a system when acted on by given forces.

Class Information

Professor Dr. D. Dane Quinn (
ASEC 313b
Lectures 4600:431-001 M,W,F 8:50-9:40am; Crouse 317
Problem Session 4600:431-011 Mo 4:05-4:55pm; Goodyear 218
Office Hours W,F 10:00-11:00am, and as needed
Text Kelly, S. G., "Mechanical Vibrations: Theory and Applications."
Cengage Learning, Stamford, CT 2012. ISBN-13: 978-1-4390-6212-8
TA Tuo Luo,
ASEC (North)