Linear Analysis


This video series is a comprehensive course of study that presents effective finite element procedures for the linear analysis of solids and structures. The finite element method is the ideal tool for solving static and dynamic problems in engineering and the sciences. Linear analysis assumes linear elastic behavior and infinitesimally small displacements and strains. To establish appropriate models for analysis, it is necessary to become familiar with the finite element methods available.

In these videos, Professor K. J. Bathe, a researcher of world renown in the field of finite element analysis, teaches the basic principles used for effective finite element analysis, describes the general assumptions, and discusses the implementation of finite element procedures. Upon completion of this video course, a second course covering Nonlinear Analysis is available.


An undergraduate degree in engineering or science.


Bathe, K. J. Finite Element Procedures. 2nd ed. Klaus-Jürgen Bathe, 2014. ISBN: 9780979004957.

Prof. Bathe currently teaches two courses at MIT focused on finite element analysis, both available on MIT OpenCourseWare:

2.092/2.093 Finite Element Analysis of Solids and Fluids I

2.094 Finite Element Analysis of Solids and Fluids II

Additional books co-authored by Prof. Bathe and relating to this course are:

Chapelle, D., and K. J. Bathe. The Finite Element Analysis of Shells: Fundamentals. New York, NY: Springer, 2011. ISBN: 9783642164071.

Bucalem, M. L., and K. J. Bathe. The Mechanics of Solids and Structures: Hierarchical Modeling and the Finite Element Solution. New York, NY: Springer, 2011. ISBN: 9783540263319.


This video course presents general theory and use of finite element procedures. However, the course refers in many parts to ADINA, a finite element program for general state-of-the-art linear and nonlinear, static and dynamic, and multi-physics analyses. Please see ADINA R&D for more information.

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