Oscillations in Mechanical Systems

University College Dublin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Oscillations in Mechanical Systems

  • Host University

    University College Dublin

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    2.5 - 3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    3.75 - 4.5
  • Overview

    Waves and oscillations are present in the modelling of many physical systems. An understanding is gained using
    a variety of physical examples including mechanical oscillators, LCR circuits, waves on a string, acoustic
    waves, surface water waves and electromagnetic waves. key mathematical techniques include normal mode analysis,
    Fourier analysis, Fourier transforms. Content: simple harmonic oscillators, LC circuits, coupled oscillators,
    coupled LC circuits, transverse standing waves, Longitudinal standing waves, sound waves in a gas, Fourier
    analysis, travelling waves, energy conservation, transmission lines, reflection and transmission at boundaries,
    wave pulses, Fourier transforms, dispersive waves, surface waves in water.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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