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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on April 7, 2008
I bought this book for my statics class, it is very confusing. Important and non-important things are mixed together so you don't even know what you should focus on. Example problems take some time to figure out, because not all the details are shown. All of the 'actual' problems are harder than the examples, which means solving them will take some luck and a lot of hours. Only the odd numbers have answers shown. There is no solutions manual, so if your stuck, you will stay stuck. The good thing is, though, the back of the book includes a lot of formulas regarding statics so it can be easily used as a reference.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on July 21, 2009
The content of the chapters' explanations before review problems is very light and skimpy on details to approaching the chapters' problems. The example problems given are inadequate and too basic/simple to prepare you for the more complicated review problems given.

The questions themselves are adequate for exam preparation, especially the harder examples. However, if you are relying on the text of the chapters themselves to explain and illustrate to you how to approach the review problems, you will have trouble.

In conclusion, I do not recommend using this book.
It seems to me that the authors' are primarily relying on the quality of your professor and TA's to explain to you concepts and methods of problem solving. Good Luck.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2008
This is the worst book I have had to use so far in my studies as an engineer. The chapters are all extremely short ranging from 1-4 pages which means that it is very dense, concise, and rather hard to fully understand. The examples are all too simple compared to the homework problems to be useful and they do not fully explain how they get each answer. Homework problems range from easy to extremely difficult but they get hard real fast. The book gives the answers to all odd problems, but if you don't know how to do the problems, they're pretty useless.

About the only good thing for this book is the fact that the homework problems are so hard that if you do fully master them and are able to complete them quickly and without help, you really don't need to worry too much about your exams.

I you're required to get this book for your class I suggest getting a reference book to go with it or just study for a really long time.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 26, 2008
Actually, this book is pretty good. It has a lot of illustrations and good diagrams. The examples are very helpful and they follow along with the questions in the book. Not too thick either. I saw like 6 mispelled words though but whatever.

The good part about this book is that they go pretty slow. Chapter one is the basics that you should already know like some geometry, laws, basic physics, line of action, etc. If you don't already know, great review. The second chapter gets into what you will be doing the entire course... Overall the chapters go at a good speed and the questions aren't rediculous. Statics is something you have to keep practicing to get so there are plenty of problems in the book. The BEST part is... a solution manual is already out for the book :D WOOO
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 25, 2011
I'm currently taking a Statics class at Temple Univ. and this is the required book. Every so often (more often than not) I have to go through the book to get something reexplained however the book doesn't really explain anything, it just gives a brief explanation as if I've been doing this for my whole life, and then a ton of example problems. Also the paperback is in black and white and red and the hardcover is in full color. I know if that makes a difference but it didn't for me. I know this is a crappy review but I needed to get the word out there that this book is awful for statics. I wound up buying Statics for Dummies. Once that gets here I hope I'll be able to understand what this book is asking me to do.

Again AWFUL BOOK, LOOK ELSEWHERE
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on October 5, 2014
This book is completely useless. There is little to no explanation of how to go about solving problems, and even in the solutions to the example problems in the book, they don't really explain what it happening in the solution or how/why they did a certain step. Normally, I will go to a textbook when I need clarification on a subject in a class, but this one has not given me any help. If anything, it has made what seems like it should be a relatively simple subject much more complicated. UGH! I wish I could give this book zero stars.
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on July 5, 2014
I bought this book for my Statics class. It was relatively inexpensive, the quality was just as described and I was very glad I bought it here at Amazon. The book was in very good shape while books in worse shape were sold for a higher price used at the school. I saved money and the book was one of the better written and easier to follow books I have used. Overall I am very happy with this purchase.
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on May 5, 2015
I was excited when it arrived. Totally excited to read and try the problems again. Good for reference notes too.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 29, 2011
It is a decent book, by that the examples and explanations are good enough. Although the problems section has no solutions manual that I have found, which makes it very hard to figure out and learn the more complicated problems.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2007
I teach the honors section of combined Statics and Mechanics of Materials course at Penn State University. This book is fantastic. The students love it. It is both pretty and clearly written. The problems and examples are at a consistent level of difficulty, and the full range is covered. One drawback is that vectors are covered but not emphasized to the extent of component methods. I do not use the electronic resources because they are locked inside a Flash program making it difficult to adapt them to my lectures.
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