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Vector Mechanics for Engineers: Statics and Dynamics 9th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0077275556
ISBN-10: 0077275551
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Born in France and educated in France and Switzerland, Ferd held an M.S. degree from the Sorbonne and an Sc.D. degree in theoretical mechanics from the University of Geneva. He came to the United States after serving in the French army during the early part of World War II and had taught for four years at Williams College in the Williams-MIT joint arts and engineering program. Following his service at Williams College, Ferd joined the faculty of Lehigh University where he taught for thirty-seven years. He held several positions, including the University Distinguished Professors Chair and Chairman of the Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics Department, and in 1995 Ferd was awarded an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree by Lehigh University.

Born in Philadelphia, Russ holds a B.S. degree in civil engineering from the University of Delaware and an Sc.D. degree in the field of structural engineering from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He taught at Lehigh University and Worchester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) before joining the faculty of the University of Connecticut where he held the position of Chairman of the Civil Engineering Department and taught for twenty-six years. In 1991 Russ received the Outstanding Civil Engineer Award from the Connecticut Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Elliot holds a B.S. degree in engineering and an M.E. degree, both from Cornell University. He has focused his scholarly activities on professional service and teaching, and he was recognized for this work in 1992 when the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) awarded him the Ben C. Sparks Medal for his contributions to mechanical engineering and mechanical engineering technology education and for service to the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). Elliot taught for thirty-two years, including twenty-nine years at Penn State where he was recognized with awards for both teaching and advising.

Phil received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas Tech University in 1985 and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1987 and 1989 respectively. His present interests include structural dynamics, structural health monitoring, that is damage detection in structures using changes their vibration characteristics, and undergraduate engineering education. Phil spends his summers working at Los Alamos National Laboratory where he is a mentor in the Los Alamos Dynamics Summer School and he does research in the area of structural health monitoring. He has received an SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award in 1992, the Dean’s Outstanding Teacher award at Rose-Hulman in 2000 and the Rose-Hulman Board of Trustees Outstanding Scholar Award in 2001. Phil is on the executive committee of the Mechanics Division of the American Society of Engineering Education.

David holds a B.S. degree in ocean engineering and a M.S. degree in civil engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. degree in civil engineering from the University of Connecticut. He was employed by General Dynamics Corporation Electric Boat Division for five years, where he provided submarine construction support and conducted engineering design and analysis associated with pressure hull and other structures. In addition, he conducted research in the area of noise and vibration transmission reduction in submarines. He then taught at Lafayette College for one year prior to joining the civil engineering faculty at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, where he has been since 1990. David is currently a member of the American Railway Engineering & Maintenance-of-way Association Committee 15 (Steel Structures), and the American Society of Civil Engineers Committee on Blast, Shock, and Vibratory Effects. He has also worked with the Federal Railroad Administration on their bridge inspection training program. Professional interests include bridge engineering, railroad engineering, tall towers, structural forensics, and blast-resistant design. He is a licensed professional engineer in Connecticut and Pennsylvania.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1376 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math; 9 edition (January 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0077275551
  • ISBN-13: 978-0077275556
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.8 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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its short chapters are well suited for this type of material -- which I beleive, must be taught in small chucks. It also reviews each chapter with sumamry discussion of each topic studied earlier.

All the student needs now is the solution manual and now the serious studnet has a eal chnce of leraning the subtle concepts
of dynamics in various FRAMES and in various two and three space coordinates.

gerard_sagliocca@yahoo.com
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This book got me through Engineering 201 and 202. I really like the way these dudes lay it out in all their textbooks. The Dynamics section was the hardest for me, and the examples and derivations in this book were really key to my understanding. The pictures are great, the useful equations are boxed, it's just an awesome book. I consult it frequently for examples.
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It seems that the authors of this book treat engineering as a discrete set of problems. Indeed, problem solving is a HUGE part of engineering, but I'm not sure that it should motivate the presentation of engineering concepts. I think the opposite: that problem solving is better facilitated by having a coherent presentation of the various topics, connected by the overall theory.

For instance, all of the chapters on statics are based on the equilibrium equations, but it is not emphasized enough throughout the chapters that the "new" material being presented is merely another observation of equilibrium.

For instance, the analysis of trusses is presented from scratch. The authors introduce the methods of joints and sections, not mentioning that they both arise from the fact that the truss (and thus all members) are in equilibrium. Thus, we can treat all constrained sub-structures as stand-alone structures and consider the forces at the pins as external forces whose lines of action are known (since the only forces are the tension or compression of the members of the truss). The reason that we can only intersect three members using the method of joints is because we can only solve for three unknowns using the three equilibrium equations! This is just one missed opportunity of many.

At times, the proofs are unnecessarily complicated (like the two-force member section), and other times they are confusing. The section about pressure exerted by liquid is mind-boggling. I don't believe that a proof is actually being written; it seems like textual meandering followed by a statement of the theorem without proof.

One very confusing convention used in this book is the so-called "example.
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gets the job done. everything is great about it except i think the examples should be more applied to real world/industry related problems. Also, sometimes different techniques are used to solve problems within the same topics. This makes learning the material a bit more difficult. Other than that, buy it up!
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Essential for the beginning engineer. This book explains concepts well, gives some very challenging examples and problems, has all of the reference tables you'd need, and the text is well written.

It's not perfect, no book ever is, but I learned a lot from it.
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Prepare to set some time aside to adjust to this textbook. Also, if you're one to reference solution manuals, be weary of possible calculation errors. Otherwise, the book does a wonderful job of explaining statics (and dynamics if you buy the full text) and provides access to a wide variety of problems. The book is also decently priced compared to other texts of similar material.
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Format: Loose Leaf Verified Purchase
Great book, with good explanations and diagrams. Plus (depending on your school), it cover two separate classes Statics and Dynamics. Downside and major problem for me is that it is a loose leaf edition. Requires a three ring binder to carry it around and if you have several books like this, backpack space fills up quick. Another down side to this is that most schools and internet retailer wont let you resell loose leaf editions back to them, so you stuck with it. Last problem is that unlike hard cover or bound books, pages are very easily ripped out. I have had several pages rip out with the slightest pull.

Suggestion: spend the extra $30-$40 and get the hard cover.

But if money is an issue, or you dont have a problem with binders, it is still a great buy.
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By EC Dayton on October 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
As others have said this book is verbose. It takes far too long to explain some concepts, yet glosses over more complex material.

There need to be more worked out, and variety of examples. There are many problems, but often with no good example to start. It can be difficult to work beyond the very basic problems without consulting an external resource.

Bottom line: Don't buy as a bookshelf resource, only buy it if you have to.
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