# A First Course in Finite Elements

Wiley, Apr 30, 2007 - Mathematics - 336 pages
Developed from the authors, combined total of 50 years undergraduate and graduate teaching experience, this book presents the finite element method formulated as a general-purpose numerical procedure for solving engineering problems governed by partial differential equations.

Focusing on the formulation and application of the finite element method through the integration of finite element theory, code development, and software application, the book is both introductory and self-contained, as well as being a hands-on experience for any student.

This authoritative text on Finite Elements: Adopts a generic approach to the subject, and is not application specific In conjunction with a web-based chapter, it integrates code development, theory, and application in one book Provides an accompanying Web site that includes ABAQUS Student Edition, Matlab data and programs, and instructor resources Contains a comprehensive set of homework problems at the end of each chapter Produces a practical, meaningful course for both lecturers, planning a finite element module, and for students using the text in private study. Accompanied by a book companion website housing supplementary material that can be found at http: //www.wileyeurope.com/college/Fish

"A First Course in Finite Elements" is the ideal practical introductory course for junior and senior undergraduate students from a variety of science and engineering disciplines. The accompanying advanced topics at the end of each chapter also make it suitable for courses at graduate level, as well as for practitioners who need to attain or refresh their knowledge of finite elements through private study.

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this is probably the best book from which engineers can be introduced to the finite element method. The notation and techniques used are fresh and modern(for example the derivation of the weak form for elasticity problems), and the material is built up in a logical and progressive manner. The mathematics needed for someone to understand the method are introduced smoothly, without losing generality. For example the reader will be introduced to the variational techniques needed to derive the weak formulation of a problem and will understand the equivalence between the weak and strong forms. Boundary conditions are explained throughout the text and their application methods are explained since page 22. Furthermore, the user can actually learn the basics on how to program the method, by using the extra material with matlab codes and notes on the programming of the method, which are clean and well structured. At this point it beats any 'learn how to program the fem' book. It is amazing how much basic material is contained in this little book, no matter whether someone uses books like the ones of Hughes, Zienkiewicz, or more mathematical like the one of Braess, there will be always a reason to return back on this one. I have been taught this book in class and I am using it as a teaching assistant since then, and I find it to be one of the most useful book I have in my civil engineering library.
As a last note, I want to say that I have red the book from cover to cover without tracking any typo...

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Very good introduction. But there are too many typos in this book.