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Engineering Mechanics, Volume 1, Statics, 4th Edition Hardcover – Jul 31 1996


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Canada, Ltd.; 4th Revised edition edition (July 31 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471597643
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471597643
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 2.3 x 24 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 975 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,459,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 10 2002
Format: Hardcover
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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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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By Josh DeWinter on Oct. 4 2000
Format: Hardcover
I am a student attempting to learn statics for the first time. I prefer examples that start simple, working to a higher level of complexity, and don't combine too many theories at once. This book seems to move at a faster pace than allows me to really grasp the individual concepts as they are presented. Each topic needs more attention to individual details. I wish there were more sample problems, with direct refrences to the text as to how the theories were applied. I'm having a hard time laying down a mental foundation with so few examples. To its credit, it is in color, and illistrations are easy to read.
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By A Customer on April 6 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book is horrible. The examples are not helpful and there are only one or two per problem set. Also, the text is hard to follow. The only good part about the book is that it has some challenging and interesting problems. If I didn't have such an awesome professor, I wouldn't be able to do them based on the information in the book alone. This is a subject where good examples can make all the difference in understaning the material. The book simply doesn't get it done.
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