MAE 4730/5730, Fall 2017:  
Intermediate Dynamics and Vibrations

Enrollment is open. It may appear blocked because of a registrar error.  That will be fixed. You CAN take the class.

 This is a shell, duplicated from fall 2016. WWW pages subject to change. Most recent update  on  Aug 26, 2017.

Professor: Andy Ruina,   <>        
TA/grader: Jared Foster <>

This is the second  in a  three-course sequence. The first is Dynamics MAE 2030, the third  is Advanced Dynamics, MAE 6700.
More information.
ABET Syllabet

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Course information

Lectures: MWF  11:15-12:05
                 Bard 140  (starting Wednesday Aug 23)        
Office hours: Andy Ruina:  see Andy's home page,  Andy Ruina
                        Jared Foster: M & F 2    - 4:30, Thurston 102
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) Oct 17 and 2)  Nov 14 (comprehensive).
                                                Both Hollister B14, 7:30 - 9:00 (+ extra time).
                                  Final:   Thursday Dec 7, 2-4:30 PM, place TBD.  Comprehensive. No notes. No calculators.

Main Resources

1. Background mechanics for this class: Ruina & Pratap.
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 (above), 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 HartogInman, 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. Practically speaking, you have to have Matlab (through Cornell, free).
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
Fall 2014 4730/5730,   Notes and exams available on that page
Fall 2015 4730/5730, Notes and exams available on that page
Fall 2016 4730/5730
Prelims and exams  from 2012-2014, all.   Some solutions on previous years course www pages.
Spring 2012 ME 4770/5770 Engineering Vibrations, Richard Rand lecture notes (ME 4770 is no longer offered.)

email to Andy Ruina <>