For a two-degree-of-freedom (2DOF) system, the number of independent second-order differential equations is two. With respect to a vector composed of the displacements associated with each degree of freedom, these two differential equations are represented as a single equation. In this vector equation, the coefficients of acceleration, velocity, and displacement vectors are defined as the mass matrix, the damping matrix, and the stiffness matrix, respectively. Next, the method to compute the natural frequencies and the modal vectors, also known as mode shapes, is presented. The number of natural frequencies equals the number of degrees of freedom, which is two. Unlike in a single-degree-of-freedom (SDOF) ...

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