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The objective of this book is to develop an understanding of the basic principles of structural analysis. Emphasizing the intuitive classical approach, Structural Analysis covers the analysis of statically determinate and indeterminate beams, trusses, and rigid frames. It also presents an introduction to the matrix analysis of structures. The book is divided into three parts.
Part One presents a general introduction to the subject of structural engineering. It includes a chapter devoted entirely to the topic of loads because attention to this important topic is generally lacking in many civil engineering curricula. Part Two, consisting of Chapters 3 through 10, covers the analysis of statically determinate beams, trusses, and rigid frames. The chapters on deflections (Chapters 6 and 7) are placed before those on influence lines (Chapters 8 and 9), so that influence lines for deflections can be included in the latter chapters. This part also contains a chapter on the analysis of symmetric structures (Chapter 10). Part Three of the book, Chapters 11 through 18, covers the analysis of statically indeterminate structures.

In this fourth edition, while the major features of the third editon have been retained, over 15 percent of the problems from the previous edition have been replaced with new ones. The chapter on loads has been revised to meet the provisions of the ASCE 7-05 Standard, and the treatment of the structures with internal hinges has been expanded in Chapter 3. The computer software has been upgraded to make it compatible with the latest versions of Microsoft Windows. Finally, most of the photographs have been replaced with new ones, and the page layout of the book has been redesigned to enhance clarity.

I wish to express my thanks to Christopher Carson and Hilda Gowans of Cengage Learning for their constant support and encouragement throughout this project, and to Rose Kernan for all her help during the production phase. The comments and suggestions for improvement from colleagues and students who have used previous editions are gratefully acknowledged. All of their suggestions were carefully considered, and implemented whenever possible. Thanks are due to the following reviewers for their careful reviews of the manuscripts of the various editions, and for their constructive suggestions.