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Mechanics of Materials [Hardcover]

Ferdinand Beer , Jr., E. Russell Johnston , John DeWolf , David Mazurek
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January 4, 2011 0073380288 978-0073380285 6
Beer and Johnston's Mechanics of Materials is the uncontested leader for the teaching of solid mechanics. Used by thousands of students around the globe since its publication in 1981, Mechanics of Materials, provides a precise presentation of the subject illustrated with numerous engineering examples that students both understand and relate to theory and application.

The tried and true methodology for presenting material gives your student the best opportunity to succeed in this course. From the detailed examples, to the homework problems, to the carefully developed solutions manual, you and your students can be confident the material is clearly explained and accurately represented.

If you want the best book for your students, we feel Beer, Johnston's Mechanics of Materials, 6th edition is your only choice.

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Born in France and educated in France and Switzerland, Ferd held an M.S. degree from the Sorbonne and an Sc.D. degree in theoretical mechanics from the University of Geneva. He came to the United States after serving in the French army during the early part of World War II and had taught for four years at Williams College in the Williams-MIT joint arts and engineering program. Following his service at Williams College, Ferd joined the faculty of Lehigh University where he taught for thirty-seven years. He held several positions, including the University Distinguished Professors Chair and Chairman of the Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics Department, and in 1995 Ferd was awarded an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree by Lehigh University.

Born in Philadelphia, Russ holds a B.S. degree in civil engineering from the University of Delaware and an Sc.D. degree in the field of structural engineering from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He taught at Lehigh University and Worchester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) before joining the faculty of the University of Connecticut where he held the position of Chairman of the Civil Engineering Department and taught for twenty-six years. In 1991 Russ received the Outstanding Civil Engineer Award from the Connecticut Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

John T. DeWolf, Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Connecticut, joined the Beer and Johnston team as an author on the second edition of Mechanics of Materials. John holds a B.S. degree in civil engineering from the University of Hawaii and M.E. and Ph.D. degrees in structural engineering from Cornell University. His research interests are in the area of elastic stability, bridge monitoring, and structural analysis and design. He is a registered Professional Engineer and a member of the Connecticut Board of Professional Engineers. He was selected as the University of Connecticut Teaching Fellow in 2006.

David holds a B.S. degree in ocean engineering and a M.S. degree in civil engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. degree in civil engineering from the University of Connecticut. He was employed by General Dynamics Corporation Electric Boat Division for five years, where he provided submarine construction support and conducted engineering design and analysis associated with pressure hull and other structures. In addition, he conducted research in the area of noise and vibration transmission reduction in submarines. He then taught at Lafayette College for one year prior to joining the civil engineering faculty at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, where he has been since 1990. David is currently a member of the American Railway Engineering & Maintenance-of-way Association Committee 15 (Steel Structures), and the American Society of Civil Engineers Committee on Blast, Shock, and Vibratory Effects. He has also worked with the Federal Railroad Administration on their bridge inspection training program. Professional interests include bridge engineering, railroad engineering, tall towers, structural forensics, and blast-resistant design. He is a licensed professional engineer in Connecticut and Pennsylvania.

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  • Hardcover: 832 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math; 6 edition (January 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0073380288
  • ISBN-13: 978-0073380285
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book March 23, 2013
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Excellent Book For My Mechanics and Materials Class, it follows every problem in detail and explains it very clear and explicitly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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-Easy to understand sample problems
-I guess the pictures are pretty?
-Sections are decently short, so I am able to focus on one concept at a time better.
-Yay there's a summary after each chapter!

-Answer key is wrong a lot of times - terrible when you're pulling all-nighters trying to finish two homework assignments.
-Over explaining things: (My biggest problem with this book) Before presenting an equation, the material is too dense and too theoretical/mathematical. I don't feel that half the equations they show are necessary, and the mathematical jargon just makes students MORE confused. I have to read a wall of text before I get to a derivation. Often, the derivation helps me understand the concept better, so prefacing it with a load of text just make me lose interest/focus before I even start. Also, I can tell just fine from the simple two-variable equation how stress and strain relates linearly without a wall of text after trying to again explain the equation to me (that really should have been clear from the derivation). Honestly, the writing makes me feel like the book is trying to "dumb things down" for me.
-I'm a Mech E, not a math major. Show more pictures! Many times the book seem to explain something in purely words, which is terrible and results in walls and walls of text. Most people are visual learners, and it's a lot easier to learn when you have a picture in your head of a simple to understand diagram.
-Consequence of over-explaining: Walls of text with relevant pictures two pages back makes learning the material hard. I constantly have to flip pages just to see what part of the diagram they are referring to. Also, the derivations are so spaced out sometimes that I forget how what step I was on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I've had to use this guy's books in three different classes, statics, dynamics, and well strengths of materials. Statics and Dynamics, those books well to put it bluntly.... were the biggest wastes of money and piece of s*** books I have in my arsenal, I literally could only learn from the instructor because it used trig to approach every problem as opposed to applying moments or cross products, just terrible... but maybe beer isn't that bad, he had a coauthor and he just let the other guy write it... atleast that's what I'd like to believe because the style is this book is much different. I was actually dreading this book when I saw who wrote it.


I have actually read this book almost to completion, done countless hours of extra problems, and I think its a pretty damn good book. For those who moaned about how the explanations are long and tedious... welcome to engineering, you need to be tedious to be good at it, those who gave it 1 star for the complexity obviously are probably in business school. While the explanations seem convoluted in the beginning, there is a method to the madness. When you try to solve the problem first you probably just reference lecture notes first and then look back at the book for the equation, "plug and chug" well they sure as hell don't make any sense if you don't understand the purpose of the nomenclature. If you read each chapter in the sections where the equations are listed then follow an example problem, repeating this method... you can easily solve 70- 80 percent of the problems alone, you still need a prof to help; the reason being is this isn't just a class that relies on physics, but its more of logic based than math intensive subject.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Sample Problems July 12, 2013
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This book at times was hard to follow, but the sample problems and homework problems provided great practice to learn the material, the derivations of equations however were confusing and not helpful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good textbook March 14, 2013
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This book is pretty good about having worked out examples for you to follow. Sometime the text is a little difficult but for the most part it is great
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very good book December 26, 2012
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Had to have this book for Mechanics of Materials course at school. This is a very good, easy to follow book. If you have a choice of M.O.M books to use, definitely consider this one.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful April 9, 2013
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This is the worst piece-of-junk textbook I have ever laid eyes on. Not only is the binder-ready version of terrible physical quality (turning pages will surely rip several in the process as the holes are ironically not reinforced), but the quality of the text is itself abominable. The diagrams are cluttered, the descriptions are wordy, and important relations are not written out clearly while very unimportant ones are highlighted.

Chapter reviews are also terrible as they leave out key concepts. Many of the explanations are shoddy at best, and the book as a whole relies too much on numerical values instead of symbolic manipulation, so example problems become very unclear as to their direction.

The questions all try to be novel while testing 10 concepts at once, rather than having some questions test some concepts and others test others, and then having more that combine multiple concepts. Also, solutions are nonexistent so if you want to know what you did wrong, tough luck!

Overall, a terrible textbook with a terrible price. I gave it one star for the sole reason that I am unable to give it zero.
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They lied about it. It is not the book they show in this picture. They sent me a cheap paper back copy with peculiar stickers blocking most of the cover, when I peeled the stickers... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dakota Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars School Book
What can I say - it's for my sons school. Great order and delivery - I'm sure he will enjoy it (not)!! he he
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1.0 out of 5 stars NOT THE RIGHT ORDER
I hate the product. I REALLY REALLY HATE THE SHIPPING!!! I ordered the book with expedited shipping, and it says it should come in 3-8 business days. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Alex
5.0 out of 5 stars Still using it.
Great examples and great problems helped me to excel in the course. Everything is clear and easy to read. Still use it as an occasional reference.
Published 5 months ago by J. Castle
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Condition
The book arrived on time and in perfect condition as expected. There were no scratches or any deformities inside or outside of the textbook.
Published 9 months ago by Michael Perkins
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Subject but Hard
This study is very interesting to me. It is very challenging material to me but includes very interesting concepts. Be ready to study a lot and pay attention in this class.
Published 9 months ago by David
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to understand
I'm a mech major. Not the best student in the class but I do alright. This book was definitely one of the easiest mech books to understand that I've come across in two years in... Read more
Published 11 months ago by dorktaped
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