Vector Mechanics for Engineers (Companion Site): Statics and Dynamics, 9/e

Ferdinand P. Beer,
Lehigh University E. Russell Johnston,
University of Connecticut David F. Mazurek,
Coast Guard Academy Phillip J. Cornwell,
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

ISBN: 0073529400 Copyright year: 2010

Feature Summary

Features

A careful, step-by-step presentation is followed in each lesson of each chapter; every chapter is organized as follows: an opening photograph to help students visualize key concepts is followed by a chapter introduction with a chapter outline previewing what will be covered in each lesson. After each lesson there are 1-4 Sample Problems (set up to serve as a model for student solutions) followed by a Solving Problems On Your Own section giving solution guidelines before the lesson's problems set. At the end of each chapter students find a Review and Summary section with notes for review and examples and cross references to key sections. Finally, a Review Problem section ties together several concepts from that chapter and a Computer Problems section also has many problems relevant to the design process, encouraging open-ended solutions.

A signature Beer and Johnston text feature, Sample Problems allow students to see important key problem types with their solution laid out on a single page, and organized to provide a model for student problem solving. Sample Problems serve the dual purpose of amplifying the text and demonstrating the type of neat and orderly work that students should cultivate in their own solutions.

Liberal use of free-body diagrams (graphical representation of objects where arrows indicate forces acting on object) in Statics and effective-forces diagrams in Dynamics. By placing the emphasis on "free-body-diagram equations" rather than on the standard algebraic equations of motion, a more intuitive and more complete understanding of fundamental principles is achieved.

Review and Summary sections at the end of each chapter provide students with a valuable study tool. Reviewers found these chapter reviews to be one of the strongest features of the text and the best available in the market.

Computer Problems, relevant to the design process, are offered at the end of each chapter. While the problems will be generic, they will be designed to be easily solved using popular computational programs such as Matlab, Mathcad, Maple, etc. The computer problems focus on symbolic manipulation and plotting, as opposed to the more programming-based computer problems in the current editions. Computer problems help students gain a better understanding of basic principles because most require integration of several concepts, much like one does in design. They also allow for open-ended parametric studies.

A Fundamentals of Engineering Examination Appendix helps prepare students for the FE/EIT exam.

Effective use of 4-color helps students distinguish between different vectors: red=accelerations and forces (applied and effective) green=velocities, blue=displacements.

Instructors enjoy a clearer presentation and organization of problem solutions with a typeset print solutions manual in a clear 1-2 solution per page format. In addition, Instructors are provided with assignment grids, designed so that instructors can assign different homework problems each semester for up to six semesters.

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