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Vector Mechanics for Engineers: Dynamics Hardcover – January 26, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0077295493 ISBN-10: 0077295498 Edition: 9th

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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.

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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: 8.5 x 1.2 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is very poorly written.
I found this book difficult to read and the example problems did not help with the homework problems.
Dynamic don't
Others have said it: they're just too hard.

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 8, 2000
Format: Hardcover
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 By A Customer on May 9, 2004
Format: Hardcover
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 By Paul Anderson on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Captain Wright on July 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Elim Garak on March 18, 2003
Format: Hardcover
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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