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Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics (12th Edition) 12th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0136077916
ISBN-10: 0136077919
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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 12 edition (April 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0136077919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0136077916
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1.2 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Bense on February 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Joel Parker on September 11, 2002
Format: Hardcover
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 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By matt on April 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 31, 1999
Format: Hardcover
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jon on September 19, 2011
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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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kunle Lawal on June 9, 2004
Format: Hardcover
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jay Dijee on March 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Dynamics for dummies this book is not however their are better explanation in this edition, but how can one get a hold of the solution manual, who sells that book, this is what students really want to know.
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