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Engineering Mechanics, Volume 1, Statics, 4th Edition [Hardcover]

J. L. Meriam , L. G. Kraige
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July 31 1996 0471597643 978-0471597643 4th Revised edition
This concise and authoritative book emphasizes basic principles and problem formulation. It illustrates both the cohesiveness of the relatively few fundamental ideas in this area and the great variety of problems these ideas solve. All of the problems address principles and procedures inherent in the design and analysis of engineering structures and mechanical systems, with many of the problems referring explicitly to design considerations.

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This update continues the same high standards set by previous editions and adds new features of help and interest to students. Explains how to construct and solve mathematical models which describe the effects of force and motion on a variety of structures and machines. Contains a vast amount of problems, ranging from simple to complex, which deal with principles and procedures inherent in the design of engineering structures and mechanical systems. Sample problems with detailed solutions include helpful observations of common errors and pitfalls to be avoided.

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1.0 out of 5 stars THE WORST ENGINEERING BOOK EVER!! March 10 2002
By A Customer
Of all the engineering books I've studied this has to be the worst. The examples are not clear and the explanations are even worse. This book is being used at the Oklahoma City Community College for a class in rigid body mechanics that is a "weed out class" for those who don't have the dedication to make a C or better. However, this book is great for frustrating students to the point of changing majors! It is completely sorry!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! Feb. 13 2013
By Karen
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I am really pleased with this purchase because the book was in excellent quality and because it arrived on deadlined.
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By S. Hall
The text is extremely dense and concise. The principles are developed almost axiomatically and assume the reader has fully digested earlier material. The concepts are developed in a highly abstract, mathematical way. This makes the text an extremely useful reference once you are familiar with the material, but it is quite difficult for students new to the material. The instructor has to work hard to expand and develop the conceptual material.
There are a number of worked examples with annotations explaning the solution. I found these examples quite helpful, however, there is not any material specifically focussed on problem solving skills.
The strength of this book is its extensive collection of excellent problems illustrated by easy-to-understand color figures. The problems draw on a wide range of real-world examples. Their concrete nature helps makes a Statics course seem relevant and interesting. The quality and scope of the problems easily exceeds that of most other texts. Many of the problems require the student to first figure out what they're being asked to calculate, an important real-world aspect of problem solving. One drawback is that a number of problems depend on fairly tricky geometrical reasoning, which tends to obscure the statics skills being practiced. Finally, there isn't any real attempt to introduce the computer to solving statics problems. As a consequence, there are no problems asking for judgements -- questions such as "at what angle is the force in the bar the least?" Similarly, the large number of simultaneous equations to be solved in some problems could be done more easily on the computer. However, instructors may prefer that students first become proficient solving the problems by hand before making computer-based solutions.
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1.0 out of 5 stars AWFUL Jan. 26 2001
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There are some bad books on the market, but this is by far the worst. Examples are too few and far between, and problems are almost impossible to decipher at times. I have also yet to meet a student who actually likes this book.
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