This lab deals with the analysis of a model of a seven story building being shaken by an earthquake. Each
floor of the building is assumed to be connected to the adjacent floors by springy material, and so the
equations for the displacements of individual floors resemble those for the masses of a coupled spring/mass
system. The building is subjected to an oscillatory force from an earthquake. How do different frequencies
of shaking affect the building?
Read the description of the third lab assignment, which is Computing Project 7.4. You will need to
review the sections on forced oscillations and resonance from section 7.4. The first part of the lab
deals with setting up the model and finding the eigenvalues of the unforced system, which give you the
natural frequencies for building wobble. The second part asks you to find the steady state response for
shaking of a given frequency. You will discover that the building is sensitive to shaking at several very
specific frequencies.
http://www.math.utah.edu/~korevaar/2250fall02/proj3/2250quake-F2002.pdf
http://www.math.utah.edu/~korevaar/2250fall02/proj3/2250quake-F2002.mws