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Engineering Mechanics Statics: WITH Solving Statics Problem with Matlab Statics/Dynamics [Hardcover]

J. L. Meriam
2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)


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June 11, 2002 0471271675 978-0471271673 5th
This concise and authoritative book emphasizes basic principles and problem formulation. It illustrates both the cohesiveness of the relatively few fundamental ideas in this area and the great variety of problems these ideas solve. All of the problems address principles and procedures inherent in the design and analysis of engineering structures and mechanical systems, with many of the problems referring explicitly to design considerations.

Sample problems are presented in a single page format with comments and cautions keyed to salient points in the solution.
-- Illustrations are color coordinated to identify related ideas throughout the book (e.g., red = forces and moments, green = velocity and acceleration).

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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This update continues the same high standards set by previous editions and adds new features of help and interest to students. Explains how to construct and solve mathematical models which describe the effects of force and motion on a variety of structures and machines. Contains a vast amount of problems, ranging from simple to complex, which deal with principles and procedures inherent in the design of engineering structures and mechanical systems. Sample problems with detailed solutions include helpful observations of common errors and pitfalls to be avoided. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc; 5th edition (June 11, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471271675
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471271673
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst textbook I've had so far January 7, 2004
By Corey
Format:Hardcover
Of all the engineering courses I've taken as far - heck, of all the courses I've had, period - Meriam and Kraige's book on Statics has to be the worst. Though the book covers more material than any other Statics books I have seen, the actual content is terrible. The chapters aren't very long, and the explanations that are given usually are too vague or insufficient to truly understand what's going on. Also, there are usually only two or three examples given for every major topic covered; instead of intermingling examples within the chapter to clarify various subjects, they are placed them at the end of every section. Finally, most of the problems they provide for practice (and that end up being assigned for homework) are way too hard.
It also didn't help that my professor for this class was very bad. If you really want to study Statics, buy something else: I highly recommend "800 Solved Problems In Vector Mechanics, Vol. I: Statics" by Shelley (which is in the Schaum's Solved Problems series) or Hibbeler's "Engineering Mechanics: Statics." If all else fails, just check out another Statics book at the nearest library, because Meriam and Kraige's book STINKS.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reference work, difficult read for students January 29, 2001
By S. Hall
Format:Hardcover
The text is extremely dense and concise. The principles are developed almost axiomatically and assume the reader has fully digested earlier material. The concepts are developed in a highly abstract, mathematical way. This makes the text an extremely useful reference once you are familiar with the material, but it is quite difficult for students new to the material. The instructor has to work hard to expand and develop the conceptual material.
There are a number of worked examples with annotations explaning the solution. I found these examples quite helpful, however, there is not any material specifically focussed on problem solving skills.
The strength of this book is its extensive collection of excellent problems illustrated by easy-to-understand color figures. The problems draw on a wide range of real-world examples. Their concrete nature helps makes a Statics course seem relevant and interesting. The quality and scope of the problems easily exceeds that of most other texts. Many of the problems require the student to first figure out what they're being asked to calculate, an important real-world aspect of problem solving. One drawback is that a number of problems depend on fairly tricky geometrical reasoning, which tends to obscure the statics skills being practiced. Finally, there isn't any real attempt to introduce the computer to solving statics problems. As a consequence, there are no problems asking for judgements -- questions such as "at what angle is the force in the bar the least?" Similarly, the large number of simultaneous equations to be solved in some problems could be done more easily on the computer. However, instructors may prefer that students first become proficient solving the problems by hand before making computer-based solutions.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an engineering student March 12, 2006
Format:Hardcover
Engineering mechanics by Meriam and Kraige provides an excellent treatment of the subject matter, providing that one has all the necessary tools to handle this course. This means to have your geometry, algebra, trig., physics, and calculus internally wired. If not, one has to do the deep reviews, spending time and energy at grasping the basic concepts.

Also, if the discussion of the theory seems thin and problem sets seem unrepresentative, might I suggest another statics book by Riley and Sturges, 2nd ed. The exposition is expanded and provides clarity, the problem sets are a bit on the bland side, but the example sets provide reasonable representation to the problems in the book.

But, of all the problem sets of all statics books I have seen, Meriam and Kraige has the most realistic graphics and real world stuff. If you can internalize this book, your other mechanics courses like mech. of materials, dynamics, and fluids will move much more smoothly.

And, if a problem in the text appears impossible, it is always because of a misunderstanding of simpler concepts. It doesn't hurt being creative when problem solving. That is, to make additional sketches, draw diagrams, to QUESTION each and every part of the problem. To break apart or separate the problem into components and then mentally observing the parts under a "magnifying glass."

This book is very challenging, and it definitely helps if you have an instructor who has energy to be able to MAKE CLEAR any concepts whether in class, through paper handouts, in person, or even through email. If your instructor is lazy, you know where most of the energy of effort will have to come from.

Finally, if you has the drive, you can succeed. If your tank is low on gas, head for your next review station. Don't let any misunderstandings linger in your mind, siphoning your confidence, time, and energy. Sometimes, you gotta hike a mountain, going from review to review. You can do it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The book is not helpful at all. April 6, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This book is horrible. The examples are not helpful and there are only one or two per problem set. Also, the text is hard to follow. The only good part about the book is that it has some challenging and interesting problems. If I didn't have such an awesome professor, I wouldn't be able to do them based on the information in the book alone. This is a subject where good examples can make all the difference in understaning the material. The book simply doesn't get it done.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Needed the book
Used this book my freshman year, decided to buy it again to review some basics. Got it cheap (around 5 bucks).
Published on February 19, 2010 by Sam Noname
1.0 out of 5 stars useless at best
This book is pretty useless unless you already know how to do everything in it. Explanations are very lacking, at best. Read more
Published on February 16, 2006 by P. Requadt
1.0 out of 5 stars uttterly confused
I couldn't believe how confused i was with this book. the chapters start with a two page introduction and the sample problems that were supposed to show you how to attack problems... Read more
Published on January 9, 2006 by M. P. Williams
1.0 out of 5 stars THE BOOK SUCKS ASS!!!!!
This book is undoubtedly the worst study book in the history of the world ever to be printed... Its assigned in the freshman year and if ur instructor sucks a bit then you are in a... Read more
Published on December 12, 2005 by Uzair Farooq
1.0 out of 5 stars SI Units, but same low quality
The quality of this textbook is very low. Examples are few and far between, and more often than not, not helpful because they are much simpler than the problems. Read more
Published on November 10, 2004 by Civil Eng. Student
1.0 out of 5 stars Useless brick
This textbook is the worst I have ever read, and it is so horrible that it inspired me at 4 AM to come and write this review. Read more
Published on November 10, 2004 by Civil Eng. Student
5.0 out of 5 stars My Review
the book is great i'm enjoying it very much, despite the physics needed to do the work.
Published on March 13, 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars Horrible Read
This book is very difficult to read and has too few examples per topic. The problems also have a very steep curve, from easy, to rediculously hard very quick. Read more
Published on February 23, 2003 by Jason Reid
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, but rigid treatment
'Engineering Mechanics' is one of the toughest freshman year courses at my university. Of the many books I referred to, I found that Meriam's treatment of the subject quite... Read more
Published on September 7, 2002 by Vijay Krishna
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