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Vector Mechanics for Engineers: Statics Hardcover – January 13, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0077402280 ISBN-10: 0077402286 Edition: 10th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 656 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math; 10 edition (January 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0077402286
  • ISBN-13: 978-0077402280
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1.1 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,018 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.

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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As others have also said, this book is useless as a teaching text.
Dr. Stephen F. Cooper
Some of the problems did seem a little too difficult but overall I liked this text.
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Rented this book for college, came brand new and saved me a lot of money.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Stephen F. Cooper on November 17, 2012
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As others have also said, this book is useless as a teaching text. It might as well just be a list of questions without explanations. The text and examples are very vague and unhelpful, and many of the questions are very difficult or impossible without being presented with a basis to solve them prior to attempt.
Book needs much more explanatory text and examples, and problems at chapter end should have worked out solutions. If, as the professor claims, this is actually the best statics text out there, I'm surprised anybody becomes an engineer.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By jose gonzales on January 2, 2013
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Well this is a good book but be aware that it is a college level book. To me the text was explanatory enough. The lectures are followed by some examples. And be aware engineering problems are not always the same you won't always have a worked out example to follow. The book gives the intuition and tools required to do the problems but you still need to apply the critical thinking to know what to use when. Some of the problems did seem a little too difficult but overall I liked this text. Not too basic not too complex
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grafton Cook on July 11, 2014
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At the beginning of each module is what you're going to learn, followed by to-the-point explanations of the concepts and procedures, and concluded by step-by-step instructions on what to expect and how to solve the relevant questions. There is absolutely no hemming and hawing, which is why I absolutely loved this textbook. Make no mistake: there are some extremely difficult questions because vector mechanics is not a simple subject, but this book does a fantastic job of laying out a good method of problem solving. The only times I really ran into trouble were at times when I didn't at least scan the related module. (Hydrostatic forces comes immediately to mind--read that module carefully.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Harrison on January 7, 2014
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This book saved me more times than I can count. The examples do a pretty good job where you can solve almost all the problems and honestly this book taught me more than my teacher
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By Zac Johns on November 7, 2014
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I bought this for my class and thinking that this was just a cheaper edition of the 10th edition because it is a soft cover. However I soon learned that the 10th edition used for the class and thhis 10th edition are different because this one is all in SI units for the problems and also some of the problems are out of order as compared to the other 10th edition of the book which means when an instructor assigns problems, you have to make sure you are 1. doing the correct problem that the instructor assigns, and 2. that you are using the correct units and numbers.
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By Blesson George on November 26, 2014
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I'll work on problems and try to go through the sample problems for help but the problems are too different to make it help me understand the homework problems.
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Well written for a difficult topic, good illustrations and detailed explanations, good textbook for this class.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By slugger.379 on June 28, 2013
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The book was in great condition, but man did it suck. If you don't have an amazing teacher to teach these difficult concepts then you're sol. I would suggest getting the solutions manual if you use this book. The problems are hard while the examples are easy and they don't help you because you have to use different methods to solve the harder problems.
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