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Structural Analysis: Using Classical and Matrix Methods, 4th Edition

October 2006, ©2007
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The purpose of this text is to develop students’ fundamental understanding of the principles of structural analysis in the modern engineering office. Matrix methods and computer applications have in effect made many of the older “classical” methods of structural analysis redundant. Matrix methods, and structural analysis software such as SAP2000 are the tools that most engineers use in industry today. However, matrix methods alone may not give students the same “feel” for the behavior of structures subject to loads as does the practice of classical methods.

In addition to modern matrix methods, the author has included in this edition several of the classical methods because they give the student knowledge of the behavior of structures subject to varying loading. Students will develop a thorough understanding of the behavior of structural systems under load as they are introduced to the fundamentals of structural analysis for beams, trusses, and frames. The following classical methods are included in this edition: influence lines, conjugate-beam analysis for deflections, and approximate methods and moment distribution for statically indeterminate structures.

The availability of computational software has completely changed the practical application of structural analysis. Instead of applying classical methods, engineers often use computer programs prepared with matrix methods. For this reason, the educational version of the SAP2000 software, as well as the author-developed SABLE software, are available for download from the book website.

This text is suitable for the undergraduate level course. However, sufficient information is included for an additional course at the senior or graduate level.

Course Hierarchy:
Found in Civil Engineering, Architecture, Architectural Engineering, and Construction
Course is called Structural Analysis
Junior level course


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Table of Contents




Chapter 1. Introduction.

Chapter 2. Structural Loads.

Chapter 3. System Loading and Behavior.

Chapter 4. Reactions.

Chapter 5. Shearing Force and Bending Moment.

Chapter 6. Introducing to Plane Trusses.

Chapter 7. Plane Trusses, Continued.

Chapter 8. Three Dimensional or Space Trusses.

Chapter 9. Influence Lines for beams.

Chapter 10. Truss Influence Lines and Moving Loads.

Chapter 11. Deflections and Angle Changes Using Geometric Methods.

Chapter 12. Deflections and Angle Changes Using Geometric Methods Continued.

Chapter 13. Deflections and Angle Changes Using Energy Methods.


Chapter 14. Introduction to Statically Indeterminate Structures.

Chapter 15. Force Methods of Analyzing Statically Indeterminate Structures.

Chapter 16. Force Methods of Analyzing Statically Indeterminate Structures Continued.

Chapter 17. Influence Lines for Statically Indeterminate Structures.

Chapter 18. Slope Deflection: A Displacement Method of Analysis.


Chapter 19. Approximate Analysis of Statically Indeterminate Structures.

Chapter 20. Moment Distribution for Beams.

Chapter 21. Moment Distribution for Beams for Frames.

Chapter 22. Introduction to Matrix Methods.

Chapter 23. Fundamentals of the Displacement or Stiffness.

Chapter 24. Stiffness Matrices for Inclined Members.

Chapter 25. Additional Matrix Procedures.

Appendix A: The Catenary Equation.

Appendix B: Matrix Algebra.

Appendix C: Wind, Seismic and Snow Load Tables and Figures.

Appendix D: Computer Analysis of Various Structures Using SAP2000.



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Author Information

Jack C. McCormac is Alumni Distinguished Professor o Civil Engineering, Emeritus at Clemson University. He holds a BS in civil engineering from the Citadel, an MS in civil engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Doctor of Letters from Clemson University. His contributions to engineering education and the engineering profession have been recognized by many, including the American Society for Engineering Education, the American Institute of Steel Construction, and the American Concrete Institute. Professor McCormac was included in the International Who's Who in Engineering, and was named by the Engineering News-Record as one of the top 125 engineers or architects in the world in the last 125 years for his contributions to the construction industry. He was one of only two educators living in the world today to receive this honor.

Professor McCormac belongs to the American Society of Civil Engineers and served as the principal civil engineering grader for the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying for many years.

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New To This Edition

  • The load sections of Chapters 2 and 3 have been revised to conform to ASCE Standard 7-02 as well as to the International Building Code of 2003.
  • The matrix chapters (Chapters 22-25) have been complete revised and substantially expanded.
  • Most of the homework problems have been revised, and the number of homework problems has been substantially increased.
  • Classical methods (influence lines, conjugate-beam analysis for deflections, and approximate methods and moment distribution for statically indeterminate structures) are included in this edition.
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The Wiley Advantage

  • SAP2000: The student version of a commercial structural analysis computational program commonly used in industry, SAP2000, is available for download from the book website.
  • SABLE32 (Structural Analysis and Behavior for Learning Engineering): This program was developed by Jack McCormac and Jim Nelson to introduce students to software for structural analysis, and to provide a tool to better obtain an understanding of structural behavior. Sable is available for download from the book website.
  • Matrix methods have been expanded to include a finite element formulation.
  • U.S. units are used throughout the text

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Professor Reviews

"An excellent edition. Very comprehensive coverage of classical as well as matrix methods. Destined to be the top text in the field of structural analysis."     - Professor Robert Bruce, Tulane University
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