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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: 4.0 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #136,681 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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Lets begin with the Pro's:
+ it *really* tells you *how* to tackle (and solve) a problem incl *all* details (appropriate coordinate system, sign conventions with choice of vector calculus or scalar vector components, magic with all different kind of unit vectors, free-body-diagrams) in the fantastic 'Procedures for Analysis'. it tells you why which choice is favourable in a straight-forward direct manner, didactically perfect.
+ only one to deserve the title 'Eng Mech for Dummies', best intro book among all competitors. It *is* a book for dummies! :-)
+ 10/E no more errors in problem solutions/answers: "two other professionals have checked all the problems for clarity and accuracy of the solutions"
+ nicest pics, photos and graphical layout. countless supporting illustrations. modern.
+ consistent and logical notation throughout (body rotation is always 'omega', coordsys rotation always 'OMEGA') and detailed full explanations of vector symbols and their resolution to coordsys axes
+ comprehensive: covers all topics (all standard topics)
+ up to six supporting examples per chapter subsection. many!
+ numerous additional probs (see companion website, see Appendix for FE Exams)
+ great examples. with full use of vector analysis, vector calculus. Shames4 has even better examples, but Shames4 has not as many as Hibbeler10. So read also Shames4-examples!
+ after reading a full section, you *will* be able to apply the concepts!
+ neat coverage of 3-dim rigid body kinetics. Hibbeler is here better than Meriam5 but a bit worse than Shames4. All books cover this topic simply too short, unfortunately.
+ full use of 3-dim's in particle motion.
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This book is not intended to explain the concepts or guide you through. It is basically a manual of problems and exercises. It is full of forward and backward references, and references to xx.xx equations and you are left with flipping pages to locate where those equations are. I am surprised to see that some of the concepts are explained solely by working a single example! The student is on his own to draw any theoretical learning content out of it. Some of the basic concepts are explained at length (over explained in the initial chapters), and then more complex concepts with true value for problem-solving are just skimmed through, which not only makes the text imbalanced, but makes it hard for the student to answer the scattered "Why?"s in this book.
Dynamics is at least a century old subject and hardly anything is taught at the level of this book that is new, but new editions are being released with unimportant changes just to keep the money flowing.
Comparing the actual content to the problems, the actual explanatory "text" is perhaps less than 15% of the entire bulk of the book.
The author seems to be in a hurry to rush to the problems, and would even save a sentence or two of further explanation to get away with the text. There are far too many italics used in the book than found in most other technical texts.
As a student, I am only reading this text because I have no choice and my university professor asks us to buy the 13th edition as well as the "MasteringEngineering" product. But then, for the university I am a customer, not quite what once meant to be a student.
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I've used both this book and "Engineering Mechanics: Statics" by the same author. Two things jump out at me:
1. This book needs an accompanying solutions manual. There is very little discussion of the material you are supposed to apply in the problems, and no way check if you worked them correctly.
2. This series is riddled with errors, typos, omissions, etc. Be warned, I have come across many mis-typed or incomplete problems, answers, etc.
Neither of these considerations doom the book, but they highlight definite areas for improvement.
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