MAE 4730/5730, Fall 2014
Intermediate Dynamics and Vibrations

In preparation (most recent update Sept 2, 2014).

Professor:  Andy Ruina,    <>         
TA/grader: Katie McQuade,

This is the first in a two-course sequence. The second is Advanced Dynamics, MAE 6700.
More information.   (In Fall 2012, ME 4730/5730 was called ME 4735/5735)
ABET Syllabet

Course communications through Piazza: Please register, check for course news, and use Piazza to ask questions and make comments.

Course information

Lectures: MWF 10:10 -11. Hollister 110 (Starting Wed Sept 3) .
                 Lecture notes (through 11/17, 2014)
Office hours: Andy Ruina:             Mon. 11:15 - 2:15,       Thurston 102 (The Conway Room)
                       Katie McQuade:      Tues.  2:00 - 4:00         Thurston 102
Syllabus and Homeworks. (See also ABET Syllabet)         
Homework policy
Exams and grading
: Grade determined by homeworks, project, prelims and final exam. All other things being exactly equal, 4730 students will tend to have higher grades.
                                  Prelims: 1) 10/21 and 2) 11/18. Both 7:30 - 9:00 (+ extra time), Thurston 205.    Prelim 1 solution, Prelim 2 solution.
                                  Final:     December 17th, 2:00 - 4:30, Upson B17. Comprehensive. No notes. No calculators.

Main Resources

1. Background mechanics for this class: Ruina & Pratap. (Hard copy available at Kraftees on Dryden Ave ~$60).
2. Textbooks: no official textbook, but if you like books, here are some options

Dynamics. Any book on Dynamics at a higher level than Ruina and Pratap, e.g. Greenwood,  Synge&Griffith (pdf),   O'Reilly,  Moon,  A. Rao,  Meirovitch, ...
        Probably closest in philosophy is Greenwood but the organization therein is imperfect.
Vibrations. Any book with the title "Vibrations", e.g., by Den Hartog,  Inman,  Tongue,   Mierovitch,  S. Rao ...
        A more elementary one, like Tongue, is good enough. Masters of the art love Den Hartog, but it is sometimes hard to follow.
Matlab. Any Matlab Primer, say Pratap.

3. You have to have Matlab ($) or Octave (free) running well on your computer (comparison between the two).
4. Some MATLAB examples. Some more examples from Sophomore Dynamics
6. Some old ME and TAM Dynamics Qualifying Exam questions: doc 1, doc 2, doc 3, doc 4

MoreVibrations material 

10. Matlab Engineering Vibrations Toolbox (free).

What was the course like in the past?

Fall 2012 4735/5735   Lecture notes by Kevin Kircher (5 MB)
Fall 2013 4730/5730  v1: Bryan Peele lecture notes, v2:  Michael Pecorino Lecture notes
Prelims and exams and solutions from 2012-2013, all.
Spring 2012 ME 4770/5770 Engineering Vibrations, Richard Rand lecture notes (ME 4770 is no longer offered.)

email to Andy Ruina <>