Chapter 14. Dynamical Systems

In this chapter we examine MATLAB’s application to four relatively simple problems in engineering: the deflection of a cantilever beam subject to a uniform load; a single-loop closed electrical circuit; the free-fall problem; and an extension of the projectile problem discussed in Chapter 3. The first problem involves a structural element you investigate in a first course in engineering mechanics—the cantilever beam, which is one of the primary elements of engineered structures such as buildings and bridges. We examine the deflection of this beam with a constant cross-section when subject to a uniform distribution of load (e.g., ...

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