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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 24, 2013
This book, part of 2-volume set along with its companion "Statics", is very good textbook. Its strength are the examples and illustrations which are in full color and very detailed. The book has a full range of the kinds of practical problems in basic dynamics which you need to solve. The theory presentation is complete, but has some oddities in its language and the focus is more on making a correct mathematical exposition of each concept, almost proof-like, rather than attempting to be didactic. For this reason it is easy to get lost in the text or find it confusing unless you work through it very slowly. If you prefer to learn by doing, this is a good book because you can learn by doing the examples and use the text more as a reference. If you require hand-holding or detailed textual explanations this is not the right book for you.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on November 7, 2007
I have used this book and the accompanying statics book all within the last year. The author is my Dynamics professor. These books are not as thick as other Statics/Dynamics books I have seen, and the reason is that they are more problem-set oriented than lecture. You really need a good teacher to help you understand the problems and material. This is where having the author as the teacher helps. The instructional sections of the book are minimal, and I have found the problem sets better for the learning process.

If I were to change this book I would add numerical solutions to every problem, not just the odd ones. And for whatever reason, the publishing oversight is uber critical of posting solutions anywhere other than the classroom, and this can be a nuisance sometime.

Fun fact...a self-proclaimed car guy, Kraige loves problems with cars in them, so there are quite a few of those in there.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
This book explains the concepts very carefully. However, it jumps topic to topic without a smooth trancision. Examples are very elementary, but the problems at the end of each chapter gets tedious quickly. Prefer if the hard problems are approached with more examples. Biggest down fall I see is that there are no answers at the back for any problems.
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I feel that the book is a bit vague and lacks the number of examples needed to fully explain how to work the problems. I can't really blame them though, I enjoy short and concise chapters and it did give 3-4 examples per section. If you manage to find the solutions manual then this book is a great learning resource. I can't emphasize this enough though, the chapters teach you very little, all the learning is done through the examples.
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on July 9, 2014
Classic dynamics textbook. All of the traditional material is present, along with plenty of problems ranging from trivial to darn near impossible. My only qualm with this book is the length of its proofs - I would have liked longer, more in-depth discussions on derivations of the equations. Also: this book relies completely on scaler math. If you would rather do dynamics with vectors, it is best to find another text.
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on March 9, 2012
Worked great, sold back to the university book store for more than I paid. What a deal! A good value, but like always, check check CHECK the editions. Can't tell you how many books I've ordered off of amazon only to have them arrive and find out I purchased the wrong edition.
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on December 19, 2012
This book is in excellent condition and at a great price. It is recommended for mechanical engineering dynamics courses in university.
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on May 5, 2015
I was excited when it arrived, but also to read and try the problems again. Good for reference notes too.
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on October 11, 2014
This book can open your mind to understand Mr. Newton , and later, go beyond
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The book offer good explanation about the subjet and the exercises proposed require of the learners a good knowledge, some times these knowledge there are not in this book.

Roberto N. De Jardin Jr
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