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Mechanics of Composite Materials

Adopted by 48 universities worldwide as a textbook for a technical elective in engineering majors such as civil, mechanical, aerospace, nuclear and materials science, this textbook is becoming very popular in the undergraduate as well as the graduate curriculum.

Features: 1) Explains the basics of composites, including their importance to industry 2) Identifies type of fibers and matrices, applications, and recycling, 3) Discusses the mechanical behavior and properties of a single lamina, 4) Finds properties of a unidirectional lamina from individual constituent properties, 5) Explains the macromechanics of laminates, 6) Examines the use of special laminates, 7) Analyzes the failure and design of laminated composites 8) Includes PROMAL software.

ISBN#: 0849396565
Publisher: C R C Press, Incorporated
Publication Date: November 2005 (2nd edition) | May1997 (1st edition)

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Numerical Methods with Applications

This book entitled Numerical Methods with Applications is written primarily for engineering undergraduates taking a course in Numerical Methods. The textbook offers a unique treatise to numerical methods which is based on a holistic approach and short chapters. This book is a product of many years of work on educational projects funded since 2002 by the National Science Foundation.

Features: 1) Examples of real-life applications are available from seven different engineering majors. 2) Each chapter is followed by multiple-choice questions. 3) Supplemental material such as primers on differential and integral calculus, and ordinary differential equations are available on the web. 4) The book has a state-of-art dedicated open courseware website with extra examples, PowerPoint presentations, worksheets in MATLAB, MATHEMATICA, Maple and MathCAD, anecdotes, eBooks, and blogs.

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Sample FE Questions for General Engineering

Several years ago, five teachers in the College of Engineering at the University of South Florida contributed questions for a Fundamentals of Engineering Question of the Day website. On this website, everyday a question posed with multiple choices is selected randomly from a pool of questions. The user gets the feedback about the choice he/she makes, and can seek a hint to answer the question.

Over the years, we have received queries from our website visitors if we could provide them with the complete solutions to all the questions in the test bank. Since we did not have a fair coverage of some of the topics, three more teachers joined the original group to provide a complete coverage of the topics for the General Engineering examination.

We are now presenting this information to you at a nominal charge as a soft-cover book. The book is divided into twelve sections that have been established for the Fundamental of Engineering (General Engineering) examination by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). All questions are in the format of a question – choices – hint – solution – correct answer – contributor.

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Introduction to Matrix Algebra

Since 2002, the Introduction to Matrix Algebra book has been downloaded by more than 30,000 users from 50 different countries. This book is an extended primer for undergraduate Matrix Algebra. The book is either to be used as a refresher material for students who have already taken a course in Matrix Algebra or used as a just-in-time tool if the burden of teaching Matrix Algebra has been placed on several courses. In my own department, the Linear Algebra course was taken out of the curriculum a decade ago. It is now taught just in time in courses like Statics, Programming Concepts, Vibrations, and Controls.

There are ten chapters in the book: 1) Introduction, 2) Vectors, 3) Binary Matrix Operations, 4) Unary Matrix Operations, 5) System Of Equations, 6) Gaussian Elimination, 7) LU Decomposition, 8) Gauss-Seidal Method, 9) Adequacy Of Solutions, 10) Eigenvalues And Eigenvectors.

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