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Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics (13th Edition) 13th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0132911276
ISBN-10: 0132911272
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About the Author

R.C. Hibbeler graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana with a BS in Civil Engineering (major in Structures) and an MS in Nuclear Engineering. He obtained his PhD in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from Northwestern University.

 

Hibbeler’s professional experience includes postdoctoral work in reactor safety and analysis at Argonne National Laboratory, and structural and stress analysis work at Chicago Bridge and Iron, as well as Sargent and Lundy in Chicago.  He has practiced engineering in Ohio, New York, and Louisiana.

 

Hibbeler currently teaches both civil and mechanical engineering courses at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. In the past he has taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana, Youngstown State University, Illinois Institute of Technology, and Union College.

 

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 13 edition (April 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132911272
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132911276
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PROS:
- conciseness: It doesn't spend pages trying to tell you 'F=0
- example problems: the examples actually show a variety of scenarios, and not just the ones where they practically give you 3 out of the 4 variables in an equation.
- problem sets: good range of difficulty; plenty to practice with
- problem answers: basically 3/4 of all the problems in the book have answers in the back (except for chapter 7. there's a whole bunch with no answers for some reason). Generally if the problem number is divisible by 4, it's not there.
- fundamental problem solutions: partial solutions to all fundamental problems are in the back. Even though they're not explicitly step-by-step, they're not bad. Plus the fundamental problems aren't that hard to begin with.
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CONS:
-weird notation and variable names: like for work-energy, Hibbeler uses T for kinetic energy for some reason. .

-The actual principles explained in this edition(you know, the actual statics and dynamics?) haven't changed since the previous edition, or the one before that... or the one before that one. Come to think of it, how much of earth's physics has been drastically altered in the past 3 years? not much, if anything at all. But for some reason publishers are still compelled to push out a new edition every 3 years. Apparently our cranes and structures are in danger of flying into the sky, so now you'll have to buy this super awesome newly improved edition only to find out that it tells you the exact same thing the 12th edition did. But you won't know that until you spent $200 and opened the packaging.
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Ranting aside... is it a good book? yeah definitely.
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I am a sophomore mechanical engineering student that absolutely never ever pays attention in class. So this always leaves me learning 100% from a book.

At my school, we were assigned Beer & Johnston's 8th Edition for Statics & Dynamics. I used it all through my statics course and managed to get an A. However when it came to dynamics, the material gets more difficult to grasp (because it's moving away from you).

I began to look online for a supplemental book, I read a lot of negative reviews for the hibbeler book, but decided to go for it. I ordered this book and began reading the chapters and working the example problems. I then attempted the assigned homework from the beer&johnston's book. After learning the material from the hibbeler book, I found it MUCH MUCH easier to take on the problems from the beer&johnston's book.

Here's an example. On our past section in dynamics (Principle of Work) several students got hung up on an assigned problem for about two days. Once I got to it, I knew exactly how to handle the problem because I was properly taught how to handle it (from the hibbeler book). I looked in the beer&johnston's book and they completely skipped over it.

To me this book is equivalent to having a much better teacher, because it is the book that teaches me everything.

Another thing, about the solution manuals. No engineering book is going to come with worked out solutions like the calculus books tend to do. The objective of these higher level courses is to teach the student how to think and analytically solve problems rather than rely on raw memorization.

I did not mean for this to be so long-winded, but I feel that a lot of people took the course and struggled and are blaming it on the book. If the book was any easier, you wouldn't learn as much. This is a great book for those that want to learn the real deal.
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I've used both this book and "Engineering Mechanics: Statics" by the same author. Two things jump out at me:
1. This book needs an accompanying solutions manual. There is very little discussion of the material you are supposed to apply in the problems, and no way check if you worked them correctly.
2. This series is riddled with errors, typos, omissions, etc. Be warned, I have come across many mis-typed or incomplete problems, answers, etc.
Neither of these considerations doom the book, but they highlight definite areas for improvement.
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The book is frequently skimpy on explanation and absolutely requires a professor to explain any of the material. A textbook should be able to stand on its own merits and this book fails at even the simplest of explanation terribly. Luckily I was able to cross reference the material with an old physics book I had at the time in order to understand what was going on along with the help of lectures on Youtube. Though even with a good professor I have found the Hibbeler books to be light on explanation, heavy on outside research. They're pretty much a conveyor of practice problems for class.
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Life was easier when stuff didn't move! But if stuff starts moving, start here. I love that they have worked out answers for half the problems in the back of book. I found the fundamental problems to be an adequate study guide for the tests. If you have a mean professor you better work um all though. The fundamental problems only cover what they say they do; the fundamentals.
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