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Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics (12th Edition) [Hardcover]

Russell C. Hibbeler
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April 14, 2009 0136077919 978-0136077916 12

Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics, Twelfth Edition is ideal for civil and mechanical engineering professionals. In his substantial revision of Engineering Mechanics, R.C. Hibbeler empowers students to succeed in the whole learning experience.  Hibbeler achieves this by calling on his everyday classroom experience and his knowledge of how students learn inside and outside of lecture. 


In addition to over 50% new homework problems, the twelfth edition introduces the new elements of Conceptual Problems , Fundamental Problems and MasteringEngineering , the most technologically advanced online tutorial and homework system. 

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Provides clear and through presentation of the theory and applications of engineering mechanics. New to this edition: 20% NEW problems, categorization of homework problems as basic, challenging, computer application or design oriented, NEW design problems. FIT exam review problems, enhancement of free-body diagram concept, photographs added to enhance the realism of the book. Visual Mechanics Working Model Based CD-ROM available with text, along with a detailed study guide. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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 work at Chicago Bridge and Iron, as well as Sargent and Lundy in Tucson. He has practiced engineering in Ohio, New York, and Louisiana.
Hibbeler currently teaches 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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  • Hardcover: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 12 edition (April 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0136077919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0136077916
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superior to Beer & Johnston February 18, 2009
I am a sophomore mechanical engineering student that absolutely never ever pays attention in class. So this always leaves me learning 100% from a book.

At my school, we were assigned Beer & Johnston's 8th Edition for Statics & Dynamics. I used it all through my statics course and managed to get an A. However when it came to dynamics, the material gets more difficult to grasp (because it's moving away from you).

I began to look online for a supplemental book, I read a lot of negative reviews for the hibbeler book, but decided to go for it. I ordered this book and began reading the chapters and working the example problems. I then attempted the assigned homework from the beer&johnston's book. After learning the material from the hibbeler book, I found it MUCH MUCH easier to take on the problems from the beer&johnston's book.

Here's an example. On our past section in dynamics (Principle of Work) several students got hung up on an assigned problem for about two days. Once I got to it, I knew exactly how to handle the problem because I was properly taught how to handle it (from the hibbeler book). I looked in the beer&johnston's book and they completely skipped over it.

To me this book is equivalent to having a much better teacher, because it is the book that teaches me everything.

Another thing, about the solution manuals. No engineering book is going to come with worked out solutions like the calculus books tend to do. The objective of these higher level courses is to teach the student how to think and analytically solve problems rather than rely on raw memorization.

I did not mean for this to be so long-winded, but I feel that a lot of people took the course and struggled and are blaming it on the book. If the book was any easier, you wouldn't learn as much. This is a great book for those that want to learn the real deal.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but could be better September 11, 2002
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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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Solutions Manual Please! September 5, 2000
By A Customer
This book is basically just a book. It was well written and trys to reach the reader by explaining his thoughts, but this book should be designed for the not so knowledgable in Engineering Mechanics Dynammics. Hibbeler seems to think from 2 examples we should be able to handle then next 20 complicated ones. I do believe a solutions manual is needed for a better grasp of the material. Most likely this is the first time someone is reading and trying to comprehend the material, therefore this book should have a complimentary solutions manual.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good format, poor examples to back it up. January 31, 1999
By A Customer
This book has good text and explanation of dynamics, but it lacks good examples to back it all up. Examples given are ideal and seldom resembling any of the homework problems. More examples relevant to the homework would help.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Engineering Mechanics - Dynamic June 9, 2004
I agreed with the previous response because the book is exactly the same as the 9th edition. The contents is the same as the 9th edition and the problem sets are 80% of whats in the 9th edition. The book is a rip off and it also contains ALL the same errors as it did in the past
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars mediocre April 13, 2011
By matt
This book offers a lot of workable problems, but the amount of information given is minimal. If you don't already have a solid understanding of dynamic motion, understanding the material and completing the exercises will be very difficult. I feel my old physics textbook did a better job of defining and explaining the concepts.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a textbook September 19, 2011
By Jon
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Textbooks are all pretty much the same, written a little above the level of the layman or novice to the subject. Paired with a good instructor the book is informative and the exercises productive. Fundamental problems come with partial solution walkthroughs and all final answers are in the back. Good for learning methods and catching you negative signs and simple errors. Like all engineering textbooks the focus is on the methods not the final answer.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Misleading January 7, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I was gifted this book - the Kindle edition - for use specifically on my Kindle Fire. When the book finally downloaded to my Kindle, it said that the book was not compatible with this device. In other words, I would have to read it through my computer. When a book says Kindle edition in the title, I would assume that it is compatible with a Kindle unless it says specifically "NOT COMPATIBLE WITH KINDLE OR KINDLE FIRE." I don't want a "Kindle app" for my computer. If I did, I would just buy an electronic version of the textbook. I wanted to have it on my Kindle Fire because it is simply easier than having in on my computer and lugging that thing around to classes. I don't understand how something can be tabbed with "Kindle edition" and not be compatible with a legitimate Kindle. Definitely unhappy with this purchase.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars The books great
I bought this book for class and found that it's spectacular. It's not the newest edition but it meets my needs just as well. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bobby Ramsayer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
The book is very nice and in high quality, it is very useful for my study, and it's also cheaper
Published 5 months ago by Lingyu Yi
2.0 out of 5 stars Too many errors in solutions
The solutions in the back of the book have too many errors (maybe 1 in 50 or so). The problem is, you cannot discern when you have made an error or he has. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Katrina Miller
3.0 out of 5 stars Example problems are helpful
Homework problems and example problems are helpful in learning the material. I learned enough of the material to continually apply it in the following courses.
Published 10 months ago by CoachDug
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference material
Love the earlier editions of Hibbeler. You get the quality text book material at an incredible 1% of the original cost! Gotta lov it!
Published 13 months ago by Robert Arteaga
4.0 out of 5 stars Used Book
The book came in good shape and had all pages. It worked well for my class in which I used it.
Published 14 months ago by Victor Hasfurther
5.0 out of 5 stars Mechanical Engineer
It was in the exact condition described and was at an excellent price!

Thanks for the great deal!

A grateful student....
Published 15 months ago by Kelli Hayden
5.0 out of 5 stars thanks
this is third book from same outher. and i really like it. i have mechanic and static too. and i am glad dynamic teacher ask for same outher .
Published 18 months ago by Asiye Fadool
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Fun class, difficult to weed out students, but the book is very helpful. The professor's lectures were very close to the book's material as well.
Published 18 months ago by Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Well, it's a textbook....
This is a textbook for Dynamics class. It was in as advertised condition. Received it in a good time frame. Author's text is easy to follow with lots of example problems. Read more
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