# The unsteady natural axial oscillations of a bar are periodic, and they are determined by assuming a solution u(x, t) = U(x) e^-iwt. Which option is not correct about the solution equation?

The unsteady natural axial oscillations of a bar are periodic, and they are determined by assuming a solution u(x, t) = U(x) e^-iwt. Which option is not correct about the solution equation?

(a) w denotes the natural frequency

(b) w^2 denotes eigenvalue

(c) U(x) denotes mode shape

(d) u(x, t) denotes transverse displacements

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This intriguing question comes from Eigen Value and Time Dependent Problems topic in chapter Single Variable Problems of Finite Element Method

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Right option is (d) u(x, t) denotes transverse displacements

Best explanation: The unsteady natural axial oscillations of a bar are periodic. They are measured by assuming a solution u(x, t) = U(x) e^-iwt, where w is natural frequency, w^2 is an eigenvalue, U(x) is mode shape, and u is instantaneous axial displacement. The problem is solved in FEM by employing bar elements and appropriate shape functions.

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