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Course# CIVIL-467: Advanced Structural Dynamics

Summary

This course covers theoretical and practical aspects of the dynamic response of linear and nonlinear structural systems in continuous and discrete time. First and second order system dynamics are used. Applications will be focused on the passive vibration control of structures.

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