## Engineering Analysis With Maple/MathematicaThe variational, finite element, and finite difference methods constitute the very core of engineering analysis, but the associated computations are tedious at best, and often obscure both the ideas and the techniques of the approach. This book shows how using symbolic codes to provide analytical results in engineering design makes the process easier, and allows students to concentrate on the underlying ideas of engineering analysis, rather than being hampered by its associated calculations. The text is divided into five parts, covering topics ranging from basic information on symbolic codes through solving engineering problems with them. A disk is included written for Maple and Mathematica(r), to enable the reader to experiment freely with a variety of problems. Key Features * Presents symbolic computation codes which allows students to focus on ideas rather than on calculation difficulties when performing engineering analysis * Introduces the basic concepts of the variational approach and direct techniques * Outlines the finite element method * Analyzes the finite difference approach, considering both the ordinary and partial differential equations * Contains a chapter comprised of practical problems with solutions * Includes a disk written for Maple/Mathematica (r), which allows the user to experiment with a variety of problems |

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### Contents

M2 Repetitions conditionals expansions and integrations | 6 |

M5 Hints | 13 |

M7 Tables and matrices | 19 |

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