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Applied Statics and Strength of Materials [Hardcover]

Leonard Spiegel , George F. Limbrunner
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June 21 2003 0130938262 978-0130938268 4
For one/two-semester, undergraduate-level courses in Statics and Strengths of Materials, Strength of Materials, and Engineering Mechanics in the disciplines of Engineering Technology. Focusing on the fundamentals of material statics and strength, this text presents a non-Calculus-based, elementary, analytical, and practical approach, with rigorous, comprehensive example problems that follow the explanation of theory and very complete homework problems that allow students to practice the material. The goal of the text is to provide students with the necessary mechanics background for more advanced and specialized areas of study in the many fields of engineering technology--e.g., civil, mechanical, construction, architectural, industrial, and manufacturing.

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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:

  • Each chapter is written to introduce more complex material gradually.
  • Problems are furnished at the end of each chapter and are grouped and referenced to a specific section. These are then followed by a group of supplemental problems provided for review purposes. Generally, problems are arranged in order of increasing difficulty.
  • A summary at the end of each chapter presents a thumbnail sketch of the important concepts presented in the chapter.
  • Useful tables of properties of areas and conversion factors for U.S. Customary-SI conversion are printed inside the covers for easy access.
  • Most chapters contain computer problems following the section problems. These problems require students to develop computer programs to solve problems pertinent to the topics of the chapter. Any appropriate computer software may be used. The computer problems are another tool with which to reinforce students' understanding of the concepts under consideration.
  • Answers to selected problems are provided at the back of the text.
  • The primary unit system in this book remains the U.S. Customary system. SI, however, is fully integrated in both the text and the problems. This is a time of transition between unit systems. Much of the new construction work in the public sector (particularly in the transportation field) now uses metric (SI) measurement; full conversion to SI in the technology field in the United States is inevitable and will undoubtedly occur eventually. Technicians and technologists must be familiar with both systems.
  • To make the book self contained, design and analysis aids are furnished in an extensive appendix section. Both U.S. Customary and SI data are presented.
  • Calculus-based proofs are introduced in the appendices.
  • The Instructor's Manual includes complete solutions for all the end-of-chapter problems in the text.

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

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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:
  • A summary at the end of each chapter presents a thumbnail sketch of the important concepts presented in the chapter.
  • Problems at the end of each chapter are grouped and referenced to a specific section. These problems are followed by a group of supplemental problems provided for review purposes. Generally, problems are arranged in order of increasing difficulty.
  • Each chapter is written to introduce more complex material gradually.
  • Design and analysis aids are included in an extensive appendix section, making the book self-contained. Both U.S. Customary and SI data are presented.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Applied Statics and Strength of Materials Aug. 26 2000
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This book presents complicated problems in an easy to follow step by step manner. Calculus is not required to work the problems. An excellent reference or text.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Review Sept. 30 2003
Format:Hardcover
This book is very well organized and easy to read, however it has no solutions in the back. Without solutions it is very difficult to understand a text like this.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not very good instructions... Sept. 24 2008
By L. Hall - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is just okay. The book has fairly good explanations of the ideas, but in the "step by step" examples, they don't always tell you what they're doing. I don't know if they're just assuming I'll catch it, but if you're trying to figure out how to do the problem, it's sometimes very hard to understand how they get what they do. My college professor doesn't like this book for that reason either, but I guess there's not much to choose from in this area...
And there ARE answers to the odd numbered questions in the back of the book, which helps.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great intro to engineering July 26 2011
By Carpenter450 - Published on Amazon.com
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I had to purchase this book for a class and it is a great introductory book. The book is non calc based so not everything is covered but if you need to communicate with an engineer and learn engineering terminonlogy this is the book for you. Several topics are covered such as simple truss anaylsis and load distribution as well thermal effects on building materials. Material testing regulations and standards are also discussed. There are many more topics covered that can put you on track when communicating with an engineer. I am a carpenter and communicating with engineers is sometimes an everyday event. Knowing engineering basics helps tremedously.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Applied Statics and Strength of Materials Aug. 26 2000
By Edwin G. Kippenhan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book presents complicated problems in an easy to follow step by step manner. Calculus is not required to work the problems. An excellent reference or text.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Made this Navy vet use cussin' he ain't used in 40 years Aug. 2 2013
By SteelSlicer - Published on Amazon.com
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There were many problems at the end of each chapter that did not have an example in the chapter. This was the text for a night class that met twice a week, and in every class, the question would be asked, "How was I supposed to know to solve it like that?" The instructor agreed on quite a few of them. Many times, when the instructor clarified the method to solve a problem, he said that the book didn't give you an idea how to apply the examples in the chapter to solving the problem. This class isn't the easiest to begin with, and the book wasn't a lot of help.
1.0 out of 5 stars There has to be a better choice! June 30 2014
By Amy Beatham-Strong - Published on Amazon.com
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I had read a few reviews that said the book was bad... But it was the course material book so what can you do? If at all possible find an alternative to this book. The concepts are not clear or precise and the examples are not fully explained. Unless you are very competent with math and logic leaps, this is not a great source for learning.
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