Intended for introductory vibrations courses, Meirovitch offers a masterfully crafted textbook that covers all basic concepts at a level appropriate for undergraduate students. The book contains a chapter on the use of Finite Element Methods in vibrational analysis. Meirovitch uses selective worked examples to show the application of MATLAB software in this course. The author's approach challenges students with a precise and thoughtful explanations and motivates them through use of physical explanations, plentiful problems, worked-out examples, and illustrations.
1 Concepts from Vibrations 2 Response of Single-Degree-of-Freedom Systems to Initial Excitations 3 Response of Single-Degree-of-Freedom Systems to Harmonic and Periodic Excitations 4 Response of Single-Degree-of-Freedom Systems to Nonperiodic Excitations 5 Two-Degree-of-Freedom Systems 6 Elements of Analytical Dynamics 7 Multi-Degree-of-Freedom Systems 8 Distributed-Parameter Systems: Exact Solutions 9 Distributed-Parameter Systems: Approximate Methods 10 The Finite Element Method 11 Nonlinear Oscilations 12 Random Vibrations Appendixes A Fourier Series B Laplace Transformation C Linear Algebra