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The fourth edition of Applied Statics and Strength of Materials presents an elementary, analytical, and practical approach to the principles and physical concepts of statics and strength of materials. It is written at an appropriate mathematics level for engineering technology students, using algebra, trigonometry, and analytic geometry. A knowledge of calculus is not required for understanding the text or for working the problems.
The book is intended primarily for use in two-year or four-year technology programs in engineering, construction, or architecture. Much of the material has been classroom tested in our Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredited engineering technology programs as well as in our American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) accredited construction technology program. The text can also serve as a concise reference guide for undergraduates in a first Engineering Mechanics (Statics) and/or Strength of Materials course in engineering programs. Although written primarily for the technology student, it could also serve as a valuable guide for practicing technologists and technicians as well as for those preparing for state licensing exams for professional registration in engineering, architecture, or construction.
The emphasis of the book is on the mastery of basic principles, since it is this mastery that leads to successful solutions of real-life problems. This emphasis is achieved through abundant worked-out examples, a logical and methodical presentation, and a topical selection geared to student needs. The problem-solving method that we emphasize is a consistent, comprehensive, step-by-step approach. The principles and applications (both examples and problems) presented are applicable to many fields of engineering technology, among them civil, mechanical, construction, architectural, industrial, and manufacturing.
This fourth edition was prepared with the objective of updating the content where necessary and rearranging and revising some of the material to enhance the teaching aspects of the text. While the primary unit system remains the U.S. Customary System, metric (SI) units continue to be used throughout the text, and the examples and problems reflect a mix of the two measurement systems. The homework problem sets have some additions and some deletions, and some other problems were revised.
The book includes the following features:
There is sufficient material in this book for two semesters of work in statics and strength of materials. In addition, by selecting certain chapters, topics, and problems, the instructor can adapt the book to other situations, such as separate courses in statics (or mechanics) and strength of materials.
Thanks are extended to many colleagues, associates, and students who with their enthusiastic encouragement, insightful comments, and constructive criticisms have helped with the input for this edition. A special word of thanks goes to James F. Limbrunner, P.E., for his contributions to the text and help with proofreading and problem sets. Also, appreciation is extended to the reviewers for this edition for their help and constructive suggestions: Elliot Colchamiro, New York City Technical College, and Dorey Diab, Stark State College.
And last, my thanks to Jane Limbrunner for her support, patience, and understanding during the term of this project.George F. Limbrunner
Focusing on mastery of the basics, Applied Statics and Strength of Materials, Fourth Edition, presents a non-calculus based elementary, analytical, and practical approach to the principles and physical concepts of statics and strength of materials. The book features a rigorous, comprehensive step-by-step problem-solving approach; an abundance of worked-out example problems and homework problems; and a focus on principles and applications for many fields of engineering technology.Features of this text include: