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Duane W Storti
M E 589
Seattle Campus


Study of systems with nonlinear damping and restoring forces excited by deterministic or random inputs. Applications in measurement, testing, and design of mechanical systems. Nonlinear systems are emphasized. Prerequisite: M E 588 or permission of instructor. Offered: W, even years.

Class description

This class provides an introduction to methods for analyzing the vibrations of nonlinear systems. No textbook is required as the course will cover selected portions of "Lecture Notes on Nonlinear Vibrations" by Richard Rand. The "Notes" are available in PDF format at:

Note that while ME588 is a nominal prerequisite, if you have a background in ordinary differential equations at a level similar to ME564/565 and an interest in nonlinear systems, then you are probably a good candidate to benefit from this class and you are invited to consult the instructor about course enrollment.

Student learning goals


General method of instruction

The general class format will be traditional lectures with closely integrated homework assignments.

Recommended preparation

Some background in ordinary differential equations and basic linear algebra is essential.

Class assignments and grading

The assignments involve problems tied to material covered in the Notes. (The Notes include numerous homework problems, so you can see what typical problems look like. Don't worry, not all of the included problems will be assigned!)

Grades will be based primarily on homeworks and class participation.

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Duane W Storti
Date: 12/26/2007