Duane W Storti
M E 589
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.
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: http://audiophile.tam.cornell.edu/randdocs/nlvibe52.pdf
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.
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.