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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Engineering
OfferedClayton First semester 2011 (Day)
Sunway First semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)W K Chiu (Clayton); B T Tan (Sunway)


Students develop skills in analysing the response of a vibratory system to an external stimuli. Techniques for developing the equation of motion, defining the forcing function and analysing the vibratory response. Fundamental calculus for analysing mechanical vibrations and the generalised kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies using vector algebra. A systematic method of establishing a dynamic model with the associated forces and motion, a set of coordinate axis and the choice of derivation method for the governing equations for the model and solution techniques follows. Skills presenting results develop along with understanding the relevance of dynamics in engineering.


Use of kinematics and kinetics in engineering problem solving
Use of vector algebra in solving 3D engineering dynamics
The concepts of degrees of freedom and its use in defining a model and the solutions to the model
An appreciation for the role of vibrations in machines and structures in engineering
Of the various solution methods for single and multi-degree of freedom representation of dynamic systems
How vibration fits into engineering design
How vibrations can affect the safe operation of machinery
Perform basic engineering calculations in a systematic and logical manner in dynamics and mechanical vibrations
Apply the concepts of dynamics in the analysis of vibration problems
Make observations and measurements for the analysis of vibration problems.
Use of computer methods to solve modelling problems.


Project Work 10%
Tutorial work:15%
Examination (3 hours): 75%

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Mark Thompson

Contact hours

3 hour lectures, 3 hours practice sessions or laboratories per week (this may alternate with 2 hours lectures and 4 hours practice sessions/laboratories depending on the week) and 6 hours of private study per week


(ENG2091 and MEC2401) or (MEC2440 and (MAT2901 or MAT2902 or MTH2021 or MTH2032))