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Fundamentals of Structural Analysis

Fundamentals of Structural Analysis
Author: Harry H. West - Louis F. Geschwindner
ISBN 13: 9780471355564
ISBN 10: 471355569
Edition: 2
Publisher: Wiley
Publication Date: 2002-02-07
Format: Paperback
Pages: 600
List Price: N/A

Fundamentals of Structural Analysis, Second Edition offers a comprehensive and well-integrated presentation of the foundational principles of structural analysis. It presents a rigorous treatment of the underlying theory and a broad spectrum of example problems to illustrate practical applications. The book is richly illustrated with a balance between realistic representations of actual structures and the idealized sketches customarily used in engineering practice. There is a large selection of problems that can be assigned by the instructor that range in difficulty from simple to challenging.


A structural analysis text that focuses on problems of limited scope to illustrate the discipline's fundamental principles. It includes discussion of the matrix methods so central to modern computer applications, though no formal instruction in matrix algebra is presented, and it includes a software package for PCs with simple, instructional programs. While the subject of structural analysis applies to all forms of construction, the author holds strong sentiment for bridges, as revealed by the caption hanging in his office: "Build bridges instead of walls, and you will have a friend." Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)