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Engineering Mechanics: Statics & Dynamics (13th Edition) Hardcover – Apr 16 2012

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  • Hardcover: 1416 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 13 edition (April 16 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132915480
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132915489
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 5.1 x 23.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #121,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

R.C. Hibbeler graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana with a BS in Civil Engineering (major in Structures) and an MS in Nuclear Engineering. He obtained his PhD in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from Northwestern University.


Hibbeler’s professional experience includes postdoctoral work in reactor safety and analysis at Argonne National Laboratory, and structural and stress analysis work at Chicago Bridge and Iron, as well as Sargent and Lundy in Chicago.  He has practiced engineering in Ohio, New York, and Louisiana.


Hibbeler currently teaches both civil and mechanical engineering courses at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. In the past he has taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana, Youngstown State University, Illinois Institute of Technology, and Union College.


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This textbook is reason I passed dynamics with an exceptionally terrible prof. It is definitely pricey, but not more so than most textbooks for engineering courses. I would recommend getting both statics and dynamics together, I was able to use it for two different courses, and it is much cheaper than getting them separately. Most engineering programs have pretty static (haha) fundamental courses, so it has good resale value since you can resell to the lower years. If you are like me, it really helps to have a physical copy of the textbook to use for practice problems, and there are definitely solution manuals floating around online for popular textbooks like this one.
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HASH(0x9fe009fc) out of 5 stars See if you can get an older version Sept. 5 2012
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- conciseness: It doesn't spend pages trying to tell you 'F=0
- example problems: the examples actually show a variety of scenarios, and not just the ones where they practically give you 3 out of the 4 variables in an equation.
- problem sets: good range of difficulty; plenty to practice with
- problem answers: basically 3/4 of all the problems in the book have answers in the back (except for chapter 7. there's a whole bunch with no answers for some reason). Generally if the problem number is divisible by 4, it's not there.
- fundamental problem solutions: partial solutions to all fundamental problems are in the back. Even though they're not explicitly step-by-step, they're not bad. Plus the fundamental problems aren't that hard to begin with.
-weird notation and variable names: like for work-energy, Hibbeler uses T for kinetic energy for some reason. .

-The actual principles explained in this edition(you know, the actual statics and dynamics?) haven't changed since the previous edition, or the one before that... or the one before that one. Come to think of it, how much of earth's physics has been drastically altered in the past 3 years? not much, if anything at all. But for some reason publishers are still compelled to push out a new edition every 3 years. Apparently our cranes and structures are in danger of flying into the sky, so now you'll have to buy this super awesome newly improved edition only to find out that it tells you the exact same thing the 12th edition did. But you won't know that until you spent $200 and opened the packaging.

Ranting aside... is it a good book? yeah definitely. It's probably one of the best textbooks I have, and I'll keep it after I graduate and for as long as I'm in the engineering world. But is it necessary to put out a new edition every 2-3 yrs and get professors all excited and force their students to buy it? no. See if you can convince your professor to let you buy an older edition for much much cheaper, especially if s/he uses mastering engineering.

**If your prof doesn't use Mastering Engineering, keep in mind though, that the end-of-section problems in older editions are in a different order, and there are some new problems in here that weren't in previous editions.**

(Then again, you can still buy an older version and just ask somebody with this edition to see if he'll let you take a picture of the exercise sets in his book. Problem solved.)
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f4428d0) out of 5 stars Wrong Equation on the Back Cover Jan. 21 2014
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The Equation for mass moment of Inertia for a cylinder with respect to the z-axis is wrong. I[zz]=(1/2)mr^2 is the correct formula. Other than that, I couldnt find any other mistakes.
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HASH(0x9f4428f4) out of 5 stars Great Book Dec 30 2013
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Great book. The examples do a very good job at explaining the problems. The more difficult problems aren't explained that well though, but that's the purpose in a hard problem, to make you think. It has a great range of difficulty and builds your knowledge up to the tough ones. The fundamental problems helped a lot, especially with the steps in the back. I purchased the statics and dynamics in one, and at the end of statics I could see the book wearing some, but I used it a lot. I haven't finished dynamics yet so I will see how it holds up.
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HASH(0x9f84eef4) out of 5 stars Great Buy! Jan. 11 2014
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If you have a strong back and don't mind the bulk, this combination version is far cheaper than buying both individually. As with any textbook, there are a few errors in the text and problems, but they're usually apparent. The fundamental problems are worked step by step in the back of the book so you can always reference similar problems when doing homework. Dynamics might kill me, but the book was still a great buy.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f5f7c54) out of 5 stars Straight-forward, step-by-step examples, no typos Dec 5 2013
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Straight-forward step by step examples. You should have already had an introductory physics class before approaching this material. Statics typically requires university level physics I as a pre-req. Haven't covered the dynamics materials yet. I've yet to find a typo in worked examples or missing information from a problem, and I've worked an extensive number of the statics problems. Study the step-by-step examples, and you should be familiar with the basics of statics at a minimum. Enjoy.