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Mechanics of Materials (with CD-ROM and InfoTrac) Hardcover – December 15, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0534417932 ISBN-10: 0534417930 Edition: 6th

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James M. Gere is Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering at Stanford University.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 940 pages
  • Publisher: Thomson-Engineering; 6th edition (December 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0534417930
  • ISBN-13: 978-0534417932
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 8.3 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,117,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is a book that I will certainly keep for the future.
Andrew G. Kleinman
This book is very well written, it is easy to follow and each of the examples are explained in good detail.
dhgb256
All the problems have solutions in the back, which was very helpful.
Paul Wang

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Paul Wang on May 11, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I was surprised at how clear and thorough this book was. I read almost the entire book (left out just a number of sections), and if you're like me and need to know the proofs for the engineering models, then this is great. It explained derivations, equation limitations, and problem-solving methods in a very satisfying way - I can honestly say that, because of this book, I have a better appreciation for how engineering methods are developed. Assuming you've studied differential equations and statics, then this book will be just right for you.
All the problems have solutions in the back, which was very helpful. However, occasionally I ran into problems that I needed detailed solutions to, so you might need to see your professor about those. Also, I have a strong feeling that maybe 3-4 problems out of the ~100 that I did had wrong or oversimplified solutions- but I could be wrong, or I used different approximation methods. So not counting that tiny minority of aggravating problems, this book is both pleasantly informative and challenging, and it made me continue to like engineering, unlike some other books/classes I've used/taken.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By dhgb256 on September 16, 2005
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This book is very well written, it is easy to follow and each of the examples are explained in good detail. I would say that overall this is one of the better text books that I have used in my academic career.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TP on January 11, 2007
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The coverage of the material is excellent. The discussions of the various techniques are rational and insightful. The author is a seasoned engineer/academician who really understands mechanics, and knows how to convey its flavor to the reader.

Timoshenko's classic "Strength of Materials" covers most topics that are relevant to an engineer; however it comes with a "bag of tricks" and is difficult to follow. Gere's book takes a step back by eliminating certain advanced topics, and methodically explains the principles and techniques of mechanics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew G. Kleinman on May 12, 2010
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I used this book to take a mechanics of materials course online. The book is well written and easy to understand, a very important attribute since I didn't have a TA or professor to ask questions. There are many well explained examples. The book was also a valuable reference as I continued my engineering studies. It is a book that I will certainly keep for the future.
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This textbook made up for my (nice, but) boring professor. He'd rush through several important lessons, so I'd just read them and teach myself from this book. Every chapter had excellent examples that were thoroughly explained, and I didn't find any errors. Answers are in the back, so if you're motivated, you can even learn Mechanics of Materials without any guidance from a professor.
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I used this book in a class I had a while back. Also used it as a reference during my PE exam. Would purchase it again.
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Nice a book, and very easy to understanding...when you have a question, just follow the steps from the examples. It's a cool book...
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