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Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics 1st Edition
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Understand that I do have a bias which is that I am not a physics/engineering mechanics major (I'm CE) which means I'm not a huge fan of the subject.Read more ›
This book is incredibly hard to follow and provides a lot of equations with little or no background as to where they come from. Some sections in this book literally have more equations than explanations as to what the equations are actually used for. The example problems do not help to solve practice problems whatsoever. I feel as though this book actually hurt my knowledge of physics/dynamics because of how confusing it is. I will be purchasing another dynamics book as soon as possible. I don't even want to put this back up for sale on Amazon because it is honestly worth more as fuel to heat my house.
I think the best way to describe this book's approach is by likening it to a long math problem in which you took a wrong step somewhere, but kept going. You keep plugging away at the problem but it gets longer, larger and messier. After a page of variables and substitutions, you are left baffled and confused, with no real gain in knowledge or progress. Many of the example problems follow this approach.
The examples become exhausting to follow, and really detract from what the chapters are trying to teach the reader.
I am astounded that this book even made it to the publisher.
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Having taken classes from one of the authors of this book, I can say that I completely understand why this book is so hard to follow and poorly explained, and it's because it... Read morePublished on November 8, 2011 by Quasse
This is probably the worst engineering mechanics textbook out right now. My instructor assigned us this book, and I hope for the sake of future students he is not planning on using... Read morePublished on May 16, 2010 by UG_MechEng