New text elements and features are incorporated into the content design to facilitate reading and study of materials. Each chapter begins with a clear definition of its objectives. In the margin, coordinated with the text, a series of keywords are listed. Each chapter concludes with a Summary and a Study Guide.
Each chapter presents a set of issues for discussion under the heading Questions for reflection, to develop a greater understanding of the text, to promote critical thinking and to be able to solve test questions. The figures in the text now provide more realistic representations of real-world engineering systems. Comprehensive review of the examples solved and the problems included in each chapter, which are now classified to facilitate their selection. Problems are included that are recommended for computer use and are identified with an icon.