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Vector Mechanics for Engineers: Statics Hardcover – January 21, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0077275563 ISBN-10: 007727556X Edition: 9th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 648 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math; 9 edition (January 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007727556X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0077275563
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.1 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

Elliot holds a B.S. degree in engineering and an M.E. degree, both from Cornell University. He has focused his scholarly activities on professional service and teaching, and he was recognized for this work in 1992 when the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) awarded him the Ben C. Sparks Medal for his contributions to mechanical engineering and mechanical engineering technology education and for service to the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). Elliot taught for thirty-two years, including twenty-nine years at Penn State where he was recognized with awards for both teaching and advising.

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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Book was in great shape, received in a timely fashion.
Nicholas A. Cerri IV
If the text had a solutions manual (not hard to to since there are 100's of problems in each section) it would be easier to see where I'm making my mistakes.
Brian M. Henderson
I used this book for my college Statics class, and it has been one of my favorite texts so far.
D. Kinslow

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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
this book is colorful and all, but it will be helpful if there is a sol'n manual 'cuz the sample problems are very easy and the hw are outrageously hard
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By KStyleBlue on September 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
[Update] Some things have changed:

This text is very good: It's still one of the best physics/math/engineering related text I've seen so far.
This is the addition and subtraction of civil engineering, and probably so for most other engineering majors.

A lot of the classes in the future assume you have a good understanding of this. In fact, most problems require you to do a full set of vector statics problems before you can even get started. (and that's only like 10% of the problem). I am now a year or so from when I took vector statics, and the material is still being used in my engineering classes.

Many of the practice problems will take 1-2 hours to do the first time through. However, If you spend a good 6-12 hours on each chapter, you'll notice that you have a very good understanding of the subject at the end and the problems become much easier. (Though, because of the sure mass of calculations you have to slug through; it'll still take around 15-30 mins each problem)

The practice problems are all really pretty easy, there is just a little trick that varies for each problem that you need to figure out and learn. [When you are doing them, they will make you face-table in frustration.]

I recommend:
If you can't figure out a problem, make sure you stick to it for at least 1-2 hours. Than you can give up and use the solution manual.

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Cramster.com has about 80% of the problems in the book solved step by step. [Edit] Cramster seems to have been absorbed? by chegg.com. I haven't figured out how to use it yet, since none of my upper div books are listed on cramster or chegg. But I'm assuming that it's just as good.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brian M. Henderson on September 9, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I had a hard time following the concepts presented in this book. I agree with the previous reviewer that the example problems were particularly easy, followed by only medium-hard to hard problems in the excercise section. If the text had a solutions manual (not hard to to since there are 100's of problems in each section) it would be easier to see where I'm making my mistakes.

Other than that, the pictures did help with my understanding of the material.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Kinslow on April 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I used this book for my college Statics class, and it has been one of my favorite texts so far. The derivations of all the equations are very clear. Many real world examples/applications are also included, which helps spice up an otherwise dry subject matter. Also, the example problems correspond well to the homework problems, allowing you to work backwards if you are stuck. I've seen lots of complaints about the lack of a solutions manual, but personally, I felt it was uneccesary.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 22, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This text is good at using wordage to explain how to understand concepts and problem solving techniques. However, like most people, i find that I need to see these things worked out to understand these concepts. The material itself is satisfactory in this book, however there are only about 2 worked out examples per concept in this text, and some of these concepts can be difficult to grasp. Lastly, intermediate problem solving is often not made clear in this text. If you are the type of person that likes to read a lot to understand statics, then this book may be for you, but if you are a person that needs clear demonstration of the concepts and techniques visited in this text, this book is definitely not for you. By the way, these comments also apply to the Dynamics book that is also written by Beer & Johnston.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Eric Schultz on February 9, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I had to take a class on Statics to fulfill my requirements for graduation as a Computer Science major, which included one engineering class not related to computers. I chose what looked the most interesting to me, and I was lucky to take the class with this book. Detailed sample problems, good idea flow, and answers in the back all made this a great book for a student. There wasn't a single concept I didn't understand, and I was able to solve most of the problems correctly just with the aid of the text, the rest of which I was able to solve with the help of groupwork. I recommend this to anyone who is taking a Statics class, even if this isn't the required textbook, if you can afford the price tag...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By angelica on May 1, 2013
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I think I paid $7 total for this book, so far most of the problems from the 10th ed are in this book (I think that out of 4 chapters we have already covered 5 problems that I needed weren't on this book) There are some pencil markings and whatnot but I expected that. I am happy I have this book and that I was able to get it for so cheap!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anthony on September 29, 2012
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