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Theory of Vibration with Applications (5th Edition) [Hardcover]

William T. Thomson , Marie Dillon Dahleh
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August 17, 1997 013651068X 978-0136510680 5

A thorough treatment of vibration theory and its engineering applications, from simple degree to multi degree-of-freedom system. Focuses on the physical aspects of the mathematical concepts necessary to describe the vibration phenomena. Provides many example applications to typical problems faced by practicing engineers. Includes a chapter on computer methods, and an accompanying disk with four basic Fortran programs covering most of the calculations encountered in vibration problems.


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A thorough treatment of vibration theory and its engineering applications, from simple degree to multi degree-of-freedom system. Focuses on the physical aspects of the mathematical concepts necessary to describe the vibration phenomena. Provides many example applications to typical problems faced by practicing engineers. Includes a chapter on computer methods, and an accompanying disk with four basic Fortran programs covering most of the calculations encountered in vibration problems.

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  • Hardcover: 534 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 5 edition (August 17, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 013651068X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0136510680
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #496,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars VG, but get more help! November 11, 2000
Format:Hardcover
Very well written and updated, I especially like the way the authors have implemented MATLAB scripts in many of the more advanced matrix methods. BUT, do not use JUST this book, theory is unclear in many cases, and the proof to many of the equations (Vibrations is very math intensive) is brief, too brief in some cases. This book could easily be 200 pages longer. The main advantages of this book are that it covers many topics in advanced vibrations and over 500 end of chapter problems, many of them of higher difficulty. In short, if you already have some skills in Vibrations, this is a great book, but if you're using this text as an Intro to Vibrations, use as backup a friendlier book, such as Steidel's to get revved up. I used 3 sources for my course! By the way, I recommend Schaum's Outline for Mechanical Vibrations, many good examples there.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book if you are willing to put effort May 21, 2008
Format:Hardcover
This review is for the paperback fifth edition of this book.

Alright, I have read so many negative reviews of this book here. So even though this book was recommended elsewhere I was slightly apprehensive in buying it. I have read only the first 2 chapters, but I am so overwhelmed that I thought I will write a review.

My rating: excellent. This book will make you think and understand the subject. But it expects a certain level of mathematical and engineering maturity (not higher than undergraduate). The problem sets are excellent. When you sit and finish through the problems you really understand the topic. Lot of times I read the text twice and made sure that I understood the topic before starting the problems. But then I had to come back and refer again and surely I will figure out some missing information. It takes time but is very rewarding. Most of all this text doesn't assume that the readers are dumb - it expects that the readers can think.

What do I mean that the book expects a certain mathematical and engineering maturity? I will give a couple of examples. In the introductory chapter it has a small section on decomposition of periodic motion into Fourier series. There it expects for you to know how to integrate Integral(cos mx cos nx dx) or that Cos A cos B = 1/2[Cos(A+B) - cos(A-B)]. In second chapter to find the effective mass of a simply supported beam with a point load in the middle, it expects you to know
that the deflection of the beam can be written as y=y_max(3(x/l)-4(x/l)^3). I mean it will straight away write y=ymax... etc. No other intermediate steps. It will also just integrate this y_max(3(x/l)-4(x/l)^3) with respect to x and write the result as 0.4857 y_max or whatever value it is.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So so... January 28, 2006
Format:Hardcover
The reading is alright. The chapters are short but the examples are confusing, most of the steps are cut out leaving the reader to figure out what was done. I wouldn't recommend this book if someone is really trying to learn vibrations.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Recommend another book for novice September 20, 2001
Format:Hardcover
Dear fellow readers:
I borrowed this book from a friend, who used it in a university course. It was said that the examples used in this book were not sufficient enough to get the grasp of the concepts. I am sorry to say that this is not the only problem with this book. Although this is very complete book from concept to application point of view, the problem lies with the road the authors have taken to explain those theories. The topics are simply skimmed over and not much elaboration given to both development of the equations and application of those equations. As mentioned above the examples did not clarify my confusion any further. This left me confused and not as clear a picture as I hoped to gather. Perhaps this book is best suited as a reference for a person who is well versed in this topic and not a novice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but I wouldn't call it great August 3, 2013
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My professor liked this text book because it was concise, and I'll admit that it is indeed concise. I read through some of the chapters and it was pretty helpful when I did, but at times it skipped over too many details. Much of the time in a lecture, a professor will loose their students when they skip over details. In lecture, it's not a big deal because you can always ask a question or look at the book later. You can't really do that when a book skips the details. There were multiple times when the TA would feel the need to elaborate upon the details of specific types of problems because he felt that the book skipped some key details that although the students should know them, they might not have been especially obvious to those who had taken some of the prerequisite classes 6-12 months ago. Like I said, the book was helpful most of the time, but there were a couple times when it just felt useless. If you can get the solution manual for this book, then going through the problems in it should be quite useful because following the solutions can be quite helpful at times when you get a baffling question. Unfortunately, the questions are not perfect either. I remember one question in particular that was down right confusing. I read it and then asked myself, "what is this question asking for." Then I looked up the solution, and my response was, "How does that answer the question?" But, for the most part, the questions are pretty good. Overall, it's not a bad book, but it could have been better if it would have explained more of the details. Fortunately, my professor and TA were very patient are were quite willing to explain the details that the book overlooked. I wouldn't recommend this book to someone trying to teach themselves the principles of Vibration. Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars Adequate to the task
This is a required textbook for a Vibrations course and it is fairly useful. It's as dry as the topic is with a dash more of vagueness. Read more
Published 3 months ago by happycritter
5.0 out of 5 stars good deal
excellent deal, everything as expected. just as expected I got the right component at the right time... good deal overall
Published 6 months ago by Paco Sarmiento
5.0 out of 5 stars English Edition, Great Condition
Purchased from "Brents Books and More." The book delivered is exactly as shown (the English edition). It is as described. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Bender
2.0 out of 5 stars It is not a textbook that you might think
The chapters inside consist of most common topics a vibration class discussed
but all the examples they derived only have a FEW steps. Read more
Published 15 months ago by F. L
3.0 out of 5 stars A Start.......
This text is a good introductory to vibrations with lots of topics covered. However as a text book for a class that functions primarily from material from the text it is hardly... Read more
Published 19 months ago by JMM
1.0 out of 5 stars Hard.
This book is very difficult to read and although you need to know a lot of physics to get to this point, the book does nothing to help expand your knowledge. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Meowth
3.0 out of 5 stars a concise treatise of a variety of topics in mechanical vibrations
I like this text mainly because it is concise. I can understand why most students don't like it because it is concise. Read more
Published on May 4, 2012 by GT 1
1.0 out of 5 stars This book sucks.
This book skips steps in solving problem and has a bunch of typos. It doesn't explain concepts well. The index skips all the letter Ns. It smells bad. Read more
Published on April 4, 2012 by shablog
1.0 out of 5 stars horribel text
This text is AWFUL!!! Unfortunately it is also the standard for many schools. If you have problems with this topic, I recommend getting the Schaum's outline series for Physics,... Read more
Published on February 16, 2012 by Johnny in Texas
5.0 out of 5 stars Being hard doesn't mean being bad
It seems that those negative reviews follows the logic that difficult reading must be from terrible texts. The fallacy is obvious. Read more
Published on August 16, 2011 by taki
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