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The modeling of composite materials is an increasingly important subject for both science and technology. This book provides an excellent beginner's guide, bridging the gap between undergraduate continuum mechanics and graduate studies in homogenization techniques. Tying together and contrasting the many different theories, the book begins with the very simplest methods for static problems and ends with effective properties regarding wave propagation in composites. Examples are offered throughout the text to illustrate the methods and exercises are included. A full reference list directs the reader to further study.