# Comparisons between the mathematical models used for the analyses of linear circuits and trusses

Glen Mullineux

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The methods for the anlaysis of simple electrical circuits and of structural trusses can be based on matrix formulations. These are derived from the graph theoretical structure of the inter-connectivity of the components involved and results about the inter-relationships of the associated physical parameters. This paper looks at the analogies between the two situations and shows that with a good choice of notation the matrix formulations are identical. These ideas can be used in a teaching environment to illustrate that widely different engineering applications are susceptible of similar means of analysis and produce analogous mathematical models.
Original language English 815-826 12 International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology 20 6 https://doi.org/10.1080/0020739890200604 Published - 1989

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In: International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, Vol. 20, No. 6, 1989, p. 815-826.

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