,I read here: https://www.quora.com/What-is-Gauss-point-in-FEMnthat the guass points are called integration points because these are the points within the element which are used to compute the element's stiffness matrix and then they all are summed up to compute the overall global stiffness matrix. I think you also wrote similar words in one of your previous comments. But you said the integration at these guass points is carried out by making use of the displacements at these points, and the displacements at these points are calculated by interploating the displacements at the nodes. But to calculate the displacements at the nodes, we already need to have the global stiffness matrix and local elemental stiffness matrix assembled and simultaneous equations solved. Why the paradox?n