Features of the Book
Each topic in Mechanical Vibrations is self-contained, with all concepts fully explained and the derivations
presented in complete detail.
Computational aspects are emphasized throughout the book. MATLAB-based examples as well as several general-purpose MATLAB programs with illustrative examples are given in the last section of every
chapter. Numerous problems requiring the use of MATLAB or MATLAB programs (given in the text) are
included at the end of every chapter.
Certain topics are presented in a somewhat unconventional manner in particular, the topics of Chapters
9, 10 and 11. Most textbooks discuss isolators, absorbers, and balancing in different chapters. Since one of
the main purposes of the study of vibrations is to control vibration response, all topics related to vibration
control are given in Chapter 9. The vibration-measuring instruments, along with vibration exciters, experimental modal analysis procedure, and machine-condition monitoring, are presented together in Chapter 10.
Similarly, all the numerical integration methods applicable to single- and multidegree-of-freedom systems,
as well as continuous systems, are unified in Chapter 11.
Specific features include the following:
More than 240 illustrative examples are given to accompany most topics.
More than 980 review questions are included to help students in reviewing and testing their understanding of the text material. The review questions are in the form of multiple-choice questions, questions with
brief answers, true-false questions, questions involving matching of related descriptions, and fill-in-the blank type questions.
An extensive set of problems in each chapter emphasizes a variety of applications of the material covered in that chapter. In total there are more than 1150 problems. Solutions are provided in the instructor s manual.
More than 30 design project-type problems, many with no unique solution, are given at the end of various chapters.
More than 25 MATLAB programs are included to aid students in the numerical implementation of the
methods discussed in the text.
Biographical information about 20 scientists and engineers who contributed to the development of the
theory of vibrations is presented on the opening pages of chapters and appendixes.