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A First Course In Finite Elements Paperback: 336 pages

Publisher: Wiley (May 21, 2007)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0470035803

ISBN-13: 978-0470035801

Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.8 x 9.6 inches

Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)

Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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This is a great book for introductory finite elements. All the basic and fundamental stuff is there. Too bad, though, that it's an almost word for word copy of the book by Ottosen and Petersson (1992!). And, as is often the case, the original is just that little bit better - so minus one star.

This book makes many assumptions about the students previous knowledge. It assumes you know where equations come from and skips many steps when it is manipulating those equations. It took us hours to work through each example just trying to figure out how the author went from step 1 to step 3.After taking this class, I understand less about Finite Elements then I thought I did before the class.

Although this says it comes with an accompanying website which includes a student edition of ABAQUS, THIS IS WRONG!!!!I bought the book brand new, which mean I paid $78, and I got NO WEBSITE, NO SOFTWARE.You can save money by buying this book elsewhere!

Contains very solid theory, but it a little hard to understand. It could use to provide more examples of difficult concepts. Would recommend a more understandable book.

The book is intended as an introductory course on the finite element analysis for undergraduate and graduate students. It is written very clearly, so the material could be comprehended by the target audience. At the same time one of the chapters of the book is dedicated to the commercial finite element program, allowing students to understand how finite element method could be used for solving real life engineering problems. Student version of Abaqus is included in the book, which allows students to experience the entire process from creating a model to viewing and analyzing the results.

Author does a pretty poor job explaining just about anything in finite elements. He gives a generic suggestion, then blasts the reader with complex examples where steps are skipped.

Nice introductory course to FEM

As far as technical books go on somewhat advanced topics, this is about as easy to follow as they come. And, it has a wealth of very straight forward examples written in plain english.

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