Faculty of Engineering

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
Organisational UnitDepartment of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Sunway First semester 2013 (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%

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Contact hours

3 hour lectures, 3 hours practice sessions or laboratories per week and 6 hours of private study per week