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Theory of Vibration with Applications (5th Edition) 5th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0136510680
ISBN-10: 013651068X
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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 534 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 5 edition (August 17, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 013651068X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0136510680
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1.3 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Luis Carlos Alvarez on 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P. Hariharakumar on 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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sai Saiedfar on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Jarak on 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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