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Statics For Dummies [Paperback]

James H. Allen

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Book Description

Sept. 7 2010 0470598948 978-0470598948
The fast and easy way to ace your statics course

Does the study of statics stress you out? Does just the thought of mechanics make you rigid? Thanks to this book, you can find balance in the study of this often-intimidating subject and ace even the most challenging university-level courses.

Statics For Dummies gives you easy-to-follow, plain-English explanations for everything you need to grasp the study of statics. You'll get a thorough introduction to this foundational branch of engineering and easy-to-follow coverage of solving problems involving forces on bodies at rest; vector algebra; force systems; equivalent force systems; distributed forces; internal forces; principles of equilibrium; applications to trusses, frames, and beams; and friction.

  • Offers a comprehensible introduction to statics
  • Covers all the major topics you'll encounter in university-level courses
  • Plain-English guidance help you grasp even the most confusing concepts

If you're currently enrolled in a statics course and looking for a friendlier way to get a handle on the subject, Statics For Dummies has you covered.


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The fast and easy way to ace your statics course

Does the study of statics stress you out? Thanks to this book, you can find balance in the study of this often-intimidating subject. You'll get a thorough introduction to this foundational branch of engineering and easy-to-follow coverage of the topics you need to ace even the most challenging university-level course.

  • Refresh yourself — get a refresher course on the mathematics you'll encounter in statics, from basic algebra and exponents to calculus, trigonometry, and geometry

  • Find your vector — discover the basic principles of vectors, learn how to depict them graphically, and use vectors to describe direction from one point to another

  • May the force be with you — learn how you can use vectors to describe forces and movements

  • Go back to the drawing board — get the lowdown on free-body diagrams, from how to draw them to how to use them to analyze problems

  • Search for stability — understand the two fundamental types of equilibrium and get an introduction to Newton's basic theorems and the techniques used to solve equilibrium problems

  • Put your statics knowledge to work — study real-world systems, from trusses, frames, and machines to submerged surfaces and beyond

Open the book and find:

  • Key concepts in statics

  • Units of measure and constants used in statics

  • Basic properties of vectors

  • Clear explanations of how forces affect objects

  • The difference between internal and external forces

  • How to draw and simplify free-body diagrams

  • Newton's laws of equilibrium

  • Important things to remember when solving a statics problem

Learn to:

  • Grasp the study of statics for success in the classroom

  • Apply complex concepts such as vectors, internal and external forces, and free-body diagrams

  • Solve problems in every aspect of statics

About the Author

James H. Allen III, PE, PhD, is a registered professional engineer who teaches courses in the areas of statics, mechanics, structural engineering, and steel design.

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Book that Delivers April 19 2011
By Juan A. Ramos - Published on Amazon.com
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Okay, so long story short, the book does what it says it does. The first 9 chapters (if memory serves me right) are nothing but vectors, which anyone taking this subject can tell you are the bread and butter of the subject. It goes into some good examples and the only wish I had was that there was an accompanying problem workout book like there is for physics. So far, the book has proved pretty nice, it's quite hefty, but it's a good thing; I love books that put effort between the pages. I highly recommend it to those who are taking a course and have professors whose accent they cannot understand. I've used other books and they are not helpful. The textbook muddles things and the solutions manuals always run short on answers. They skip ahead and don't tell you what that intermediary step is/was. Sometimes that's all you need.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good for what it intends to do Aug. 3 2013
By Mike S. - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a supplement that is meant to either introduce you to the basic concepts you are going to encounter in statics class, or give you a quick refresher on them. It is not an in-depth guide that lays out tons of examples (hence the for dummies name). It is not meant to be that however. The beginning of the book goes through the basics of vectors and the math you need to use to work with them. Basically everything you should remember pretty easily from multivariable calculus and physics. But if you have forgotten some of it, he does go through vector addition, subtraction, cross products, dot products, resolving vectors into components and finding resultants. After you get through that material you start getting into the actual statics material. He goes through the big, main concepts that you will be exposed to, and a lot of tips for how you can identify and solve particular types of problems. He does not go into a lot of technical detail and extremely fine concepts like the Schaum's outlines do, but again that is not the point of this.

In all I would say that this will help you pass, but not necessarily ace statics. It is good if you need a more plain English explanation of a concept and tips for problem solving. Things your textbook probably will not do, and your teacher may or may not do. Definitely worth the purchase though and something you would be likely to keep around long after getting rid of your textbook.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good July 5 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I only used it for a few concepts I had trouble with but it was pretty good for a supplementary book and would have worked fine if it was your only book.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ypf_review Aug. 6 2011
By Malcum Little - Published on Amazon.com
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An excellent and in-depth coverage of the classical engineering mechanics course of "statics". It is very well written and communicates very well in a manner drives one toward successful understanding of the subject matter! This book is careful to put in place all the necessary prerequisite topics before going forward to the next topic and appropriately refers back to previous sections where necessary antecedent topics are covered in more detail. A worthy buy!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful April 18 2013
By radpnp - Published on Amazon.com
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I was struggling some with some basic concepts of statics. It helped tremendously! I think this is a great addition to the library of the student engineer.

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