A Method of Numerical Evaluation of a Large Determinant

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F. R. E. Crossley

School of Engineering, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.

Üstün Germen

J. Appl. Mech 27(2), 350-351 (Jun 01, 1960) (2 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3643964 History: Received October 28, 1959; Online September 16, 2011


When solving problems in the vibration of a close-coupled system, there arises the need to expand a tridiagonal determinant of the type of equation (1). A very quick and accurate means of accomplishing this expansion is provided by the following numerical procedure, which can readily be adapted to computer programming.

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