Ritz’s method is one of several possible procedures for obtaining approximate solutions for the frequencies and modes of vibration of thin elastic plates. The accuracy of the results and the practicability of the computations depend to a great extent upon the set of functions that is chosen to represent the plate deflection. In this investigation, use is made of the functions which define the normal modes of vibration of a uniform beam. Tables of values of these functions have been computed as well as values of different integrals of the functions and their derivatives. With the aid of these data, the necessary equations can be set up and solved with reasonable effort. Solutions are obtained for three specific plate problems, namely, (a) square plate clamped at all four edges, (b) square plate clamped along two adjacent edges and free along the other two edges, and (c) square plate clamped along one edge and free along the other three edges.

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