Structural analysis comprises the set of physical laws and mathematics
required to study and predict the behavior of structures. This new book gathers
and presents current research in the field of structural analysis across a broad
spectrum of topics. Discussions in this compilation include: evaluating seismic
safety using non-linear structural analysis; a structural analysis of how art is
made; the structure and function of vegetal ecosystems in semiarid regions of
Northeastern Mexico; using a covariance structural analysis as a method for
supporting efforts to improve employee motivation; and a method for solving
linear algebraic equation sets in FE analysis software.
The focus of Chapter 1 is " How is it that artists know how to make their
work and yet do not know how to explain it?" In other words, how do they both
simultaneously know and not know?

True solutions to the problems of arid and semiarid zones throughout the
world require a mandatory previous evaluation of the natural resources from the
study areas. In Chapter 2, the main approach is driven to the structure and
functioning of the vegetal ecosystems which intimately involves various
interrelated elements such as flora, cattle, and other fauna, taking also into
account management and commercialization of wooden and non wooden
A great part of the Mexican republic is located in the world desert belt with
approximately 20 million hectares, 18 million located in the northeast of the
country, mainly covered by xerophytic shrub vegetation (Rzedowski, 1978,
Palacios, 2000). There is no evidence to date about the origin of the different
types of shrub populations growing as natural climax vegetation.

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