Continuous Systems in One Dimension: Strings and Bars

  • Thomas D. Rossing
  • Neville H. Fletcher


In the last chapter, we considered vibrating systems consisting of one or more masses, springs, and dampers. In this chapter, we will focus on systems in which these elements are distributed continuously throughout the system rather than appearing as discrete elements. We begin with a system composed of several discrete elements, then allow the number of elements to grow larger, eventually leading to a continuum.


Decay Time Normal Mode Longitudinal Mode Continuous System Torsional Wave 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas D. Rossing
    • 1
  • Neville H. Fletcher
    • 2
  1. 1.Physics DepartmentNorthern Illinois UniversityDeKalbUSA
  2. 2.Department of Physical Sciences Research School of Physical Sciences and EngineeringAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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