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This review is from: Vector Mechanics for Engineers: Statics (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.]
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.
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.