The methods for the anlaysis of simple electrical circuits and of structural trusses can be based on matrix formulations. These are derived from the graph theoretical structure of the inter-connectivity of the components involved and results about the inter-relationships of the associated physical parameters. This paper looks at the analogies between the two situations and shows that with a good choice of notation the matrix formulations are identical. These ideas can be used in a teaching environment to illustrate that widely different engineering applications are susceptible of similar means of analysis and produce analogous mathematical models.
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology|
|Publication status||Published - 1989|