Vector Mechanics for Engineers: Statics [Print Replica] Kindle Edition
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However that does not mean that the book is not good. At times you will be flabbergasted at how well the authors can push a difficult concept through. The section on 'Dynamics' was perhaps one of the best in contemporary entry-level texts on the subject.
Additionally, the books were packaged with schaums problem sets that were particularly useless (schaums outlines are usually excellent, but their problem sets did not contain all of the detail and had nothing extra to offer over Beer and Johnston's textbook) and therefore a waste of my money.
With that said, the only redeeming value of this book is the sheer number of exercises and answers (numerical answers with no explanation, however).
The writing quality suffers what english majors call overuse of passive voice. Overuse of the words "is," "will," "are," etc. characterize this style. With the lack of acting verbs in sentences, the book effectively numbs the mind and puts the reader to sleep. This passive use of verbage also serves to take the emphasis off of the important parts of sentences.
Aside from stylistic issues with the english language, the book also suffers from a lack of vision. The authors did not provide a good methodology to approaching problems at all. They hint at it, by telling the student to draw pictures. However, in examples, the authors jump from one step to the next without much explanation of how a person would discover the techniques themselves. This makes the homework problems particularly difficult when a completely different approach than the one in the examples is required.
There are also derivation and explanation issues. For instance, in the handling of the precession of free bodies (this example sticks out in particular), the author provides a diagram and some equations. However, students cannot precede merely from what the author explained.Read more ›
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.
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Great content. An earlier edition was my college dynamics book. The paper this was printed on is a bit thin, Still a great book.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Had to buy for class. The examples are hard to follow and take lots of shortcuts.Published 10 months ago by Steph
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