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Continuous system & Infinite d.o.f.

  1. May 18, 2012 #1
    Hi All.
    I may sound weird and I know I am wrong somewhere. But a little explanation would really help.
    A system with 1 degree of freedom(d.o.f) has 1 governing differential equation. Similarly a system with 2 d.o.f has 2 (coupled) differential equations and so on. But a continuous system has infinite d.o.f so, it should have infinite differential equations. In contrast it has only one governing differential equation.
    What is wrong in the above logic?
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  3. May 19, 2012 #2

    Filip Larsen

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