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"Recommended for upper division undergraduates and above." (CHOICE, February 2008)

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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.

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley (June 12, 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #461,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mel Bernstein on May 9, 2009
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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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Taylor Anderson on January 6, 2014
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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.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Vladimir Belsky on August 1, 2008
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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.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tarek I. Zohdi on July 31, 2008
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I found the book "A First Course in Finite Elements" very clearly
written and pedagogically sound. It has a very nice blend of theory and implementation of the finite element method written by two
leaders (J. Fish and T. Belytschko) in the field. It provides a
lucid and logical introduction to
(1) Direct approaches for discrete systems,
(2) Strong and weak forms for 1-D problems,
(3) Quadrature,
(4) FE formulation,
(5) Strong and weak forms for multidimensional scalar field problems,
(6) Approximations of trial solutions, weight functions,
(7) FE approximations for vector field equations and
(8) FE formulations for beams. The text is an excellent reference, that
will be added to the course syllabuses this year for both a senior
undergraduate Finite Element class and a first year graduate class that
I teach at UC Berkeley. The book provides a clear and concise introduction
and very well-thought-out overview, to this very large field, and I strongly recommend it to students and instructors that are looking for a modern introductory Finite Element textbook.
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Excellent book for an introduction to the method. I am using it to my CEE570 course at UIUC and although notes of class are a little more rigorous the book complement this Ideas and Clarify concepts.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Oskay on July 29, 2008
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This book is an excellent introduction to FEM particularly for undergraduates, or anyone who were not previously exposed to FEM ideas. While there are a large number of books on FEM out there, many of them require quite a bit of understanding of continuum mechanics, pde solution methods, etc. and may easily overwhelm undergraduate audience. This book provides all the essentials needed to have a fundamental understanding of FEM and equally importantly, be able to write simple codes and use Abaqus to solve problems. The authors of the text are two of the best and most famous researchers in the subject, making the text all the more insightful.
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