Dynamics of Structures

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Course Number: ENGRG 7220
Course Name: Dynamics of Structures (Online)
Course Description:    Dynamic analysis of structures using simplified single-degree-of-freedom models, model analysis and static condensation. Assumptions used in numeric analysis methods will be explored in order to better understand the output from computer analysis. Application of dynamic analysis as implemented in the International Building Code.
Prerequisites:    P: GENENG 2230 - Engineering Mechanics - Dynamics. Recommended: MATH 3230 - Linear Algebra, MATH 3630 - Differential Equations, CIVILENG 3100 - Structural Mechanics (or equivalent for all courses listed).
Level: Graduate
Credits: 3
Format: Online
Program: MS in Engineering

Registration Instructions

NOTE: The information below is representative of the course and is subject to change.  The specific details of the course will be available in the Desire2Learn course instance for the course in which a student registers.

Additional Information

Learning Outcomes
After taking this class, students should be able to:

  • Derive the equations-of-motion for single-degree-of-freedom (SDF) systems and multi-degree-of-freedom (MDF) systems.
  • Solve for the response (displacement, acceleration, etc.) of SDF and MDF systems using analytical and numeric techniques.
  • Describe how damping affects structures and how damping is modeled in dynamic systems.
  • Describe the characteristics of ground motion during earthquakes and use ground motion data in dynamic analysis of a structure.
  • Construct and use design spectra for determining seismic loads.
  • Explain building code provisions for seismic design.

Unit Descriptions
Two units with a total of 31 lessons

Unit 1
lessons 1 through 14

Unit 2
lessons 15 through 31

Exams:  There are 4 exams for this course.
Assignments:  There are 29 individual assignments.

Grading Information
The breakdown of points is as follows:
Project: 15 %
Homework: 25 %
Three exams: 40 %
Final exam: 20 %

Grading Scale:

90-92 / 93-100 A- / A
80-82 / 83-86 / 87-89 B- / B / B+
70-72 / 73-76 / 77-79 C- / C / C+
60-66 / 67-69 D / D+
<60 F


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