Presents detailed, step-by-step procedures for understanding and programming of the finite element technique. Incorporates numerous examples of computer programs for boundary value, initial value, eigenvalue problems, and structural controls, including plate/shell analysis. Contains a new chapter of special topics for finite element applications. Includes disk with numerous illustrative MATLAB functions and example problemsSolution manual available with qualifying course adoption. Expanded to include a broader range of problems than the bestselling first edition, 'Finite Element Method Using MATLAB'; Second Edition presents finite element approximation concepts, formulation, and programming in a format that effectively streamlines the learning process. It is written from a general engineering and mathematical perspective rather than that of a solid/structural mechanics basis. New in the second edition - Each chapter in the Second Edition now includes an overview that outlines the contents and urpose of each chapter. The author has also added a new chapter of special topics in applications, including cracks, semi-infinite and infinite domains, buckling, and thermal stress. He discusses three different linearization techniques to solve nonlinear differential equations. Also included are new sections on shell formulations and MATLAB programs. These enhancements increase the book's already significant value both as a self-study text and a reference for practicing engineers and scientists.