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Mechanics of Materials Paperback – October 1, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0471324423 ISBN-10: 0471324426 Edition: 5th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 808 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc; 5th edition (October 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471324426
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471324423
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,358,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

A clear and thorough guide, with a strong problem-solving methodology

In this 6th edition of Mechanics of Materials, Riley, Sturges, and Morris continue to provide a clear and thorough treatment of stress, strain, and stress-strain relationships, as well as axial loading, torsion, flexure, and buckling. Throughout the text, they emphasize fundamental principles, with numerous applications to demonstrate and develop logical, orderly methods of analysis. 

The authors equip students with an effective problem-solving methodology. They encourage students to draw free body diagrams whenever they write an equation of equilibrium, reduce problems to a series of simpler component problems, and present results in a clear manner.

Now revised, this Sixth Edition features many new examples and homework problems, a consistent sign convention for internal forces, expanded and improved discussion of the stress element, and new sections on combined loading.

New MecMovies promote visualization

Winner of the Premier Award for Excellence in Engineering Education Software, MecMovies, by Tim Philpott of University of Missouri, is a series of interactive tutorials, quizzes, problems, and games to support lectures and self-study. Icons in the margins of the text direct readers to appropriate sections of MecMovies. You can access MecMovies through the book’s companion website. www.wiley.com/college/riley --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book as a supplementary reference for mechanics of materials, which I do at my job. The book is well written, with plenty of example problems sprinkled throughout. I also found this book to be very comprehensive. For example, I found material on the mechanics of shrink wrapping, which I don't see in many other books on strength of materials. The only thing I would fault is that some of the chapters are too long and would have been better from a pedogical standpoint if they'd been broken up into smaller chapters. In particular, Chapter 7 on beam stresses could have been divided into separate chapters concentrating on pure bending and transverse loading. That way, a discussion of pure bending leads naturally into transverse loading. Instead, these topics are sort of thrown together into one big chapter, overwhelming the student. But overall, it's an excellent volume. Given a choice, I'd recommend Beer and Johnston, but you won't go wrong with Riley et al. either.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Twain on March 13, 2014
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This textbook didn't help me learn solid mechanics very well. The material is presented in ways which aren't very clear and lack corresponding real-world examples. I found myself more frustrated and googling information instead. I would recommend Hibbeler's textbook of the same name instead, honestly.
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By eme on September 1, 2013
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The book was in very good condition and arrived on time. It was missing the CD but I suppose there wasn't one specified at purchase.
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I had to get this book for my Mechanics class as required for the homework and for reference. I'm not going to say I absolutely love the book (its hard to justify paying so much for a textbook) but I will say its one of the better textbooks I've owned. Overall its not an easy read and you need to have both a good conceptual and technical background.
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There are a lot of homework problems that aren't really covered well in the chapters. It is good at explaining most things though and example problems aren't too difficult to follow.
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I just recently used this book in my mechanics of materials course and was pretty disappointed with it. It was hard to read and learn from. I ended up borrowing Philpot's mechanics of materials text from the library and it was orders of magnitude better.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jason R. Slama on August 13, 2009
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The book is nicely arranged for the first time you read through it, but good luck finding what you are looking for later on. Since the questions are randomly throughout the book, makes finding sections next to impossible.
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