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2.0 out of 5 stars I hope you have a good teacher..., December 14, 2012
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This review is from: Engineering Mechanics: Statics (13th Edition) (Hardcover)
I hope you have a good statics teacher, because this book will not be of much help without a LOT of explanation. The author does not include most of the calculations, but tends to write equations "in words", which is not too helpful. Even the section-specific examples usually do not included enough information to understand the process. Let me put it this way: if you were to write down an example exactly as seen in the book and turn it in, the chances are very high that your professor would hand it back to you and say "Show your work." This book does not "show the work." And this is definitely a subject where you need to show the work to understand. For the ridiculous price of this book, you'd at least think that you'd get some work shown. The explanation of how to create shear force and moment diagrams is a really a joke---a cruel joke, too, because a CE students needs to be able to do that confidently, and this book does not at all present the process in a manner compatible with grasping understanding it.

To say some positive things, though, this book has great graphics and images, and most of the problems have corresponding solutions in the back of the text. The "Fundamental" problems also include SOME explanation of how to get the solution, as well (a very limited "SOME", but some nonetheless). The problems also include an abundance of real-world examples and interesting applications: you just won't be able to solve them with the content of the book! I would buy this book's examples if they were available in a little booklet, but the actual content is not worth the price. So as it is, I'm going to sell it right back to Amazon, because it is not worth holding on to.
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