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Keep in mind that many times the answers provided in the back of the book
were done by some grad student for the author, usually in a short time
frame with little or not "checking".  Thus, I _ALWAYS_ treat the answers
in the back of the book and in professor's solutions guides (the one for a
basic analysis class that I taught was rather bad with lots of simple
mistakes) with some serious grains of salt.

As to Nilson's concrete book, I don't know.  He has a prestressed concrete
book which I used when teaching a prestressed course (it was the only book
that I could easily find that was in print...want to use Naaman's book
cause I was familiar with it, but it was out of print and he had not
finished the next edition...which is now available).  The Nilson's
prestressed book is OK in my opinion.  It works rather well for a basic
prestressed course, but is a little light on more "advanced" topics (but
then I am certainly no expert).  Naaman's book seems to delve a little
more into more advanced prestressing subjects, but his book is more of an
"acquired taste".  Personally, I liked it.  Since he was my prestressed
prof, I obviously used his book and was more familiar with it.  I am sure
Gail will have better insight on which prestressed book might be better
since she is more knowledgable about prestressed concrete than I (if for
no other reason than she lives in a heavy post-tensioned concrete
city...Washington DC).


Ypsilanti, MI

On Tue, 21 Oct 2003, Gerard Madden, SE wrote:

> Don't remember those errors, sounds like someone let their spellchecker
> take over. I'd prefer those kind of mistakes to mistakes in sample
> problems and content where numbers are wrong. I remember this happening
> frequently in many classes college text books.
> When I finished college (Undergrad in 1995) the average engineering text
> was about 90 bucks. So I had about 450 bucks (counting engineering paper
> and some new pencils and stuff) every quarter. At these prices, I think
> those kind of errors are embarrassing. A lot of books now have the
> answers to problems in the back. I remember several times busting my
> butt trying to get the same answer on homework assignments only to find
> out the answer in the back was wrong.
> None the less, the flowcharts in Nawy's textbook help a lot. I believe
> he has a pre-stressed concrete text, but I am only familiar with the
> Reinforced Concrete Book from the mid 90's.
> If anyone is interested in seismic design of concrete, Pauley and
> Priestly's book is the best.
> Is the Nilson book good?
> -gerard
> Lodi, CA

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