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Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics [Hardcover]

Gary Gray , Francesco Costanzo , Michael Plesha
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March 23, 2009 0077275543 978-0077275549 1
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 four-part 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: 784 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math; 1 edition (March 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0077275543
  • ISBN-13: 978-0077275549
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 7.9 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #943,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst Textbook I've Had in 4 Years. December 14, 2009
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I hate to do this two the two Penn State professors that co-authored this book, but it is without a doubt the worst textbook I've had to use in the 4 years at school. I don't know if they replaced the Hibbeler book series or not in other schools. As a point of reference I liked Hibbeler's books (at least Statics and Mechanics of Materials books that I used and kept) so if you hated them, maybe we have different expectations of what a text book should be like. The authors undoubtedly know what they are talking about, but the way they present the information is horrible. The pages are filled with equations and derivations that are completely unnecessary. The authors go into the most detailed aspect of a problem without ever really conveying the big picture. I've noticed multiple formulas boxed in and high lighted and played up like it is a generic form when it really only dealt with the specific problem discussed in the little chapter intro story (you know what I'm talking about). For example the authors go into great depths discussing the application of natural frequency, amplitude and a few other parameters of a very specific application while never really explaining their general meaning and how to recognize them. Everything seemed to be thrown at the reader at once. Different scenarios are often given for what to do in different given situation, but no attempt is made to explain why this is happening and must be done in each case. This makes all of the formulas seem random and independent of everything else and I personally can't just remember multitudes of different processes without a clear and solid logical progression from one to another.
Understand that I do have a bias which is that I am not a physics/engineering mechanics major (I'm CE) which means I'm not a huge fan of the subject.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I refuse to take any classes with these professors. February 22, 2011
This is by far the worst textbook I have ever had to use. Two of the authors are professors at Penn State and I refuse to take any classes with them because of their inability to write a book. Sure, they might be extremely good in their fields of engineering, but that doesn't automatically qualify them to be authors or professors.

This book is incredibly hard to follow and provides a lot of equations with little or no background as to where they come from. Some sections in this book literally have more equations than explanations as to what the equations are actually used for. The example problems do not help to solve practice problems whatsoever. I feel as though this book actually hurt my knowledge of physics/dynamics because of how confusing it is. I will be purchasing another dynamics book as soon as possible. I don't even want to put this back up for sale on Amazon because it is honestly worth more as fuel to heat my house.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One star gives more credit than is warrented. February 23, 2010
Simply put, this is by far the worst text that I have encountered in my schooling. The pages are littered with messy equations and the examples take unnecessary steps to solve the problems. The pages inundate the reader with excess "did you know?", "don't forget", and "interesting fact" boxes that are desperately trying to make up for poor instruction in the main body text.

I think the best way to describe this book's approach is by likening it to a long math problem in which you took a wrong step somewhere, but kept going. You keep plugging away at the problem but it gets longer, larger and messier. After a page of variables and substitutions, you are left baffled and confused, with no real gain in knowledge or progress. Many of the example problems follow this approach.

The examples become exhausting to follow, and really detract from what the chapters are trying to teach the reader.

I am astounded that this book even made it to the publisher.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Impossible to follow February 13, 2011
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This book is very confusing and has seemingly unconventional and difficult ways to solve simple problems. Rarely are there any relevant examples to supplement the problems. Good luck
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