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This textbook covers the analysis of indeterminate structures by force method, displacement method and stiffness method in a total of six chapters which can be covered in a single course on indeterminate structural analysis. It includes an as-needed discussion of the unit load method, which is arguably the best method to calculate deflections when solving problems by the force method. The first chapter deals with application of the force method to analysis of beam, frame and truss structures. The unit load method is discussed with reference to the analysis of statically indeterminate structures. A few examples are discussed to illustrate these concepts. The second and third chapters deal with analysis of indeterminate structures by displacement methods. In the second chapter, concepts of sloedeflection method are developed and applied to beam and frame structures. The third chapter deals with developments of concepts of the moment distribution method. These concepts are then applied to beam and frame structures. The fourth chapter develops the concepts of the stiffness method. These are subsequently applied to beam structures. The fifth and sixth chapters deal with application of the stiffness method to frame and truss structures. Throughout the book, few but illustrative examples are discussed under each method. The intent is to cover as much material as is needed conceptually with minimal, yet sufficient, examples so the student can understand indeterminate structural analysis methods without being overwhelmed. This way, the book is kept less bulky compared to existing books on structural analysis. In addition, keeping the textbook concise will reduce the price far below that of existing textbooks, saving money for students. We believe this will be a big selling point because the amount of material covered is not compromised in covering the material in a concise manner.
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