||Singiresu S. Rao
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The main objective of the present publication is to provide the introduction to the various important aspects of the FEM, as applied to the different engineering problems in a systemized manner. The author of the book has made an excellent attempt to give all required technical details of the development of each associated technique as well as of the ideas from the fundamental principles. The newly introduced concepts have been illustrated using the simple examples where possible. Several computer programs have also been covered together with the examples of their application to enable the students to properly understand the computer implementation, to solve the specific problems, and also to indicate the procedures for developing such programs. The readers who have spent some time with this volume will be able to get the understanding of the current literature of the FEM; in addition, they will also be able to develop some short and simple programs for the solution of the various engineering problems. The content of the publication is based on the huge practical experience possessed by the author in teaching this course to the students of engineering. The readers are expected to have some basic idea of the matrix theory. The materials contained in the publication will also be found useful by practicing engineers and in fact anyone with the interest in engineering.