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Engineering Mechanics: Statics and Dynamics [Hardcover]

Francesco Costanzo
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April 18, 2009 0073134120 978-0073134123
Plesha, Gray, and Costanzo’s Engineering Mechanics: Statics & Dynamics presents the fundamental concepts clearly, in a modern context using applications and pedagogical devices that connect with today’s students.

The text features a problem-solving methodology that is consistently used throughout all example problems. This methodology helps students lay out the steps necessary to correct problem-formulation and explains the steps needed to arrive at correct and realistic solutions. Once students have fully mastered the basic concepts, they are taught appropriate use of modern computational tools where applicable.

Further reinforcing the text's modern emphasis, the authors have brought engineering design considerations into selected problems where appropriate. This sensitizes students to the fact that engineering problems do not have a single answer and many different routes lead to a correct solution.

The first new mainstream text in engineering mechanics in nearly twenty years, Plesha, Gray, and Costanzo’s Engineering Mechanics: Statics and Dynamics will help your students learn this important material efficiently and effectively.

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  • Hardcover: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Mcgraw-Hill College (April 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0073134120
  • ISBN-13: 978-0073134123
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good statics portion, fair dynamics portion December 22, 2010
This textbook was used for my statics and dynamics courses. As an undergraduate engineering student, learning statics from this book was pretty good. However, the chapter summaries are too brief, most are merely a collection of all the equations that were presented in the preceding section. No insights or "big picture" thoughts on how to identify types of problems or approach them. The images used throughout are high quality. A nice feature is how the difficulty of a problem is indicated by a thermometer. The dynamics section was very hard to learn from. The authors used inductive examples to develop the ideas of dynamics which is indeed creative but I found to be very difficult to sit through when you just want to be told what a concept is, why it's important, and how to apply it.

After completing the course and moving on to dynamics I was exposed to a better textbook; Vector Mechanics for Engineers: Statics & Dynamics by Beer, Johnston, et al. These authors have been writing this textbook for much longer than Costanzo, Plesha, and Gray.
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