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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 (North) 313b
Honors Complex 166
Lectures: 4600:431–002 Tu, Th 1:15–2:30pm; Crouse 211
Problem Session: 4600:431–012 Th 4:15&ndash5:05pm; SHS 133
Office Hours Tu, Fr 10:15am-11:15am, 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 Shihao Wen,