Top critical review
2 people found this helpful
Worst textbook I have ever used. Not one single answer to a problem anywhere
on December 8, 2014
This is the worst textbook I have ever used, and I am getting my second degree now. The textbook makes simple concepts extremely confusing and over-emphasizes calculus, trigonometry, and geometry. Sometimes, the math part of a problem will take twice as long as the dynamics part of the problem. When he solves example problems, he goes about it in a completely bass ackwards way. Why make something harder than it needs to be in a beginning dynamics class? Another problem that I have with this book is that he randomly makes up his own symbols for things. They are pretty standard across the engineering curriculum, yet he feels the need to come up with his own. Hell, he even uses two or three symbols to mean the same thing in this book.
If I could give this book negative stars, I would. What kind of POS writes a textbook with questions and no answers. It doesn't matter that there isn't a solutions manual, but THERE ARE NO ANSWERS FOR THE PROBLEMS anywhere. I have no way to work practice problems unless my teacher works out each one to completion during class.
I have used a bunch of Beer books in engineering, and those are the most well written and best. They go through the problems step-by-step, and there are solutions manuals online.
I emailed Dr. Tongue several times about possibly getting the answers or a solutions manual, and he did not respond once to the six emails I sent him. Narcissistic douche IMHO. I believe that the only reason my teacher used his book is because they are friends. The other sections use the Beer book.
I cannot stress this enough.....THERE ARE NO ANSWERS TO ANY OF THE PROBLEMS!!!! This makes the book completely worthless to anyone. Talk your teacher out of using this book, and do not take no for an answer. Take it to the dean if you have to