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Vector Mechanics for Engineers: Dynamics [Hardcover]

Ferdinand Beer , E. Russell Johnston Jr. , Elliot Eisenberg , Phillip Cornwell
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January 26, 2009 0077295498 978-0077295493 9
Continuing in the spirit of its successful previous editions, the ninth edition of Beer, Johnston, Mazurek, and Cornwell's Vector Mechanics for Engineers provides conceptually accurate and thorough coverage together with a significant refreshment of the exercise sets and online delivery of homework problems to your students. Nearly forty percent of the problems in the text are changed from the previous edition.

The Beer/Johnston textbooks introduced significant pedagogical innovations into engineering mechanics teaching. The consistent, accurate problem-solving methodology gives your students the best opportunity to learn statics and dynamics. At the same time, the careful presentation of content, unmatched levels of accuracy, and attention to detail have made these texts the standard for excellence.

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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.

Phil received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas Tech University in 1985 and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1987 and 1989 respectively. His present interests include structural dynamics, structural health monitoring, that is damage detection in structures using changes their vibration characteristics, and undergraduate engineering education. Phil spends his summers working at Los Alamos National Laboratory where he is a mentor in the Los Alamos Dynamics Summer School and he does research in the area of structural health monitoring. He has received an SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award in 1992, the Dean’s Outstanding Teacher award at Rose-Hulman in 2000 and the Rose-Hulman Board of Trustees Outstanding Scholar Award in 2001. Phil is on the executive committee of the Mechanics Division of the American Society of Engineering Education.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 800 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math; 9 edition (January 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0077295498
  • ISBN-13: 978-0077295493
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 8.4 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible January 8, 2000
By A Customer
This book is horrible. The concepts are loosely introduced, you see variables all over the place without understanding what they mean. The explanations are also very weak. The author seems to be all over the place. For someone taking a first year dynamics course, this book may not enable you to understand the key principles. The examples are are very poor and do not prepare you to the end of chapter problems. SAVE YOUR MONEY AND DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Why is this book still in print? May 9, 2004
By A Customer
I don't believe I've ever read a more illogical, poorly organized, overly difficult piece of trash in my life. I'm guessing the only reason my professor used this book is because some of the people in the acknowledgments are affiliated with Penn State. That's probably the only reason anybody uses this book. To anybody who will be required to waste their money on this book, don't even bother reading the sections because they make absolutely no sense and are completely unrelated to the example problems. There is no reason, in my opinion, why a student shouldn't be able to learn and completely understand the material covered in a course soley from reading the textbook. That is clearly not the case with this book, though.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Greedy publisher, mediocre text May 23, 2010
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Like many others who use this, I am an engineering student and used the two parts of this book for my Statics and Dynamics classes. Trying to plan ahead, I bought the combined Statics & Dynamics book for my Statics class. With no warning, the publisher then released the 9th edition of this book, rendering my 8th edition obsolete and forcing me to buy this, the 9th edition Dynamics book, but also giving me the opportunity to compare the two. There is almost no difference in content between the 8th and 9th editions -- the sections explaining the material and the examples are directly copied. The homework problems were all changed, however, rendering it impossible to use an old version for a class (mostly they just rearranged the problems and changed the numbers). This is profiteering at its worst and shows me that the publishers (and likely the authors, too) are interested in nothing more than making a profit at the expense of students.

Regarding the content, this book is okay, but certainly could be better. The statics part of the book was better written and better explained. I managed to learn the material and did well in the class, but sometimes couldn't figure out why my answers didn't match the book's on homework problems. I guess I could have bought a solution manual, but I feel that a text should contain enough information for you to understand how to do any homework problem it contains. This book could have done more to clarify what assumptions can be made in certain cases (i.e. what can you assume when a body is rolling without slipping?). In general, the information was all there, but not well organized.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Too difficult March 18, 2003
Without doubt, this is the worst textbook I ever had the misfortune to read.
I used it for a rushed 1st year dynamics course, and found the book utterly useless. The concepts are scattered and are introduced using complicated mathematics, some of which is beyond 1st year level. Even simply trying to read through the verbal explanations is near impossible for beginner students, simply because of the depth of knowledge required to do so.
The problems, while plentiful, are simply too difficult. Original thinking is one thing, these problems require something else entirely. I realise, of course, that textbooks must be challenging in order to maintain academic standards, but this book goes too far, to the point where students end up discouraged from the subject simply because the concepts are so difficult.
While I maintain the greatest respect for Mr Beer, as I am sure that he is a brilliant engineer (his book is testament to that), the text is simply too in-depth. For future editions, I recommend that he go through the book and greatly simplify both the language and the problems.
Until this book is simplified, I recommend the Hibbler Dyanmucs text to any other students out there.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful July 19, 2011
This is hands-down the worst textbook I have ever used.
Here, in a nutshell, is what it's like to use this book:
You read the sections, study the examples, and realize you have a vague understanding of the concepts introduced. But what the heck, you're ready to try some problems! You look over all of them and discover that they don't look like anything you've ever seen before. You pick one anyway and try it. You draw your little FBD...and that's as far as you get. You look back through the section, glance over the examples, and look at the problem again. Nothing. So you pick another one. And get just as far. The next day in class, you ask the professor to work out one of those pesky problems for you. After a while, you realize he's taking a different approach from anything in the book, because even he can't figure out what the authors are doing.
There is not enough information provided to do the problems. They're too hard. I honestly have no idea where they get some of these problems or how they expect us to be able to do any of them with the information and exmaples provided. In some cases, there is seemingly no connection whatsoever between what you just read and the problem you're pulling your hair out over. As a text for the entry-level dynamics student, this book goes way over your head. It's simply too hard for a beginner. Save yourself time, money, and frustration and stay away from this book until you have a solid foundation in dynamics.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
I've used other textbooks from this author before and he's pretty good at explaining things.

I have to say that the condition of the book was below average.
Published 25 days ago by sogood
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for class
I needed this book for mechanics of materials and it was cheaper than I found anywhere else. It did the job.
Published 16 months ago by Colin Bjostad
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Complex, but I like it. I know that this subject is a pain in the ass for engineers, but this book helped me a lot.
Published 16 months ago by Michael Castro
4.0 out of 5 stars Good resource
This book is a good resource for mechanics. It has interesting problems, good explanations and good examples, however it could use more example problems to help the reader in... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Alonso
1.0 out of 5 stars A piece of poorly written garbage!
This book is very poorly written. I suspect the authors are either morons or simply wrote this book with the intention to confuse readers as much as possible! Read more
Published 21 months ago by Consistent/Incomplete
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst book ever
Worst book I have ever used in my engineering career. Not only are the examples vague but the book is even more dry then the cover seems. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Jay
4.0 out of 5 stars Book review
This book is ok. It contains practice problems that outline how other homework problems should be solved. It's a decent book.
Published on July 4, 2012 by Y. D. Afriat
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick, fast, and amazing
Absolutely amazingly fast and in great condition. Thank you so much!!! I needed this book bad. It came within three business days of ordering and it is in perfect condition. Read more
Published on June 11, 2012 by LSUDillon
5.0 out of 5 stars Vector Mechanics for engineers-Dynamics,Beer,Johston & Cornwell,McGraw...
Vector Mechanics for engineers-Dynamics,Beer,Johston & Cornwell,McGraw Hill,9th edition.This the book what i needed to fall vecto mechanics class that why i reviewed my order. Read more
Published on August 23, 2011 by Abate
5.0 out of 5 stars helpful
It was very helpful in the subject. The chapters are short so its easier to get through. I only got it because it was required for class. Read more
Published on April 17, 2011 by mimi
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