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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
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
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.