Presents material with an intuitive and geometric approach--rather
than the formal, algebraic approach of most texts--allowing students
to more easily visualize key concepts.
Emphasizes fundamentals and interpretation rather than the
rote cataloging of problems and techniques in mechanics.
Stresses a unified, practical computational approach based
on the Ritz method, providing a solid foundation for a course in finite
Presents the fundamentals of continuum mechanics in a clear
and concise language, making the text accessible to students with
modest prerequisites and whose primary interest may not be mechanics.
Uses clear, direct vector notation throughout the text to
prepare students to read modern literature in mechanics.
Features a novel and unified treatment of beams and plates
that is not available anywhere else.
Boxes important equations to distinguish them from equations
that are intermediate to the derivation.
Integrates frequent examples to clarify theory and numerous
problems (over 184 in all) to provide exercise and extension of text
Includes computer programs to demonstrate nonlinear solution
algorithms for both discrete and continuous systems.