A first course in mechanics should develop a student’s ability to analyze and solve problems using well-understood basic principles applied in a simple logical manner. The emphasis of this text focuses on the correct understanding of the principles of mechanics and on their application to the solution of engineering problems. In order to achieve the goal of being able to analyze mechanics problems, the text employs the following pedagogical strategy:
Practical applications are introduced early.
New concepts are introduced simply.
Fundamental principles are placed in simple contexts.
Concept Questions are multiple choice problems that require few, if any, calculations are included. Students are encouraged to solve these problems using the principles and techniques discussed in the text and to use these principles to help develop their intuition.
Thoroughly Refreshed Problem Set in the tenth Edition. 70% of the problems are updated from the previous edition.
Well-Respected Sample Problems are a signature Beer and Johnston text feature that allow students to see important key problem types and with the solution laid out on a single page, organized to provide a potent 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.
Instructors Solutions Manual offers a clear type-set presentation and organization of problem solutions. In addition, Instructors are provided with assignment grids, designed so that instructors can assign different homework problems each semester for up to six semesters. Also included is a description of the material covered in each chapter and hints to help instructors assign appropriate homework problems.
Computer and Design Problems are offered at the end of each chapter. While the problems are generic they are designed to be easily solved using popular computational programs like MatlabR, MathcadR, and Maple™. The computer problems focus on symbolic manipulation and plotting rather than programming.
ConnectEngineering provides a large selection of algorithmically generate exercises that feature hints, guided solutions, and more. Additionally, ConnectPlus offeers an integrated e-book.
A Careful, Step-By-Step Presentation. Presentation is followed in each lesson of each chapter, and every chapter starts with a real-life example and an outline previewing the chapter objectives and lessons. Each lesson is accompanied by sample problems and Solving Problems On Your Own boxes that prepare students for the problem sets. Each chapter finishes with a brief Review Problem set and an assortment of computer and design problems
Table of Contents 11 Kinematics of Particles 12 Kinetics of Particles: Newton's Second Law 13 Kinetics of Particles: Energy and Momentum Methods 14 Systems of Particles 15 Kinematics of Rigid Bodies 16 Plane Motion of Rigid Bodies: Forces and Accelerations 17 Plane Motion of Rigid Bodies: Energy and Momentum Methods 18 Kinetics of Rigid Bodies in Three Dimensions 19 Mechanical Vibrations Appendix A - Some Useful Definition and Properties of Vector Algebra Appendix B - Moments of Inertia of Masses Appendix C - Fundamentals of Engineering Examination
Ferdinand P. Beer. Born in France and educated in France and Switzerland, Ferd received 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 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 University Distinguished Professor and chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics, and in 1995 Ferd was awarded an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree by Lehigh University.
E. Russell Johnston, Jr. 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. He taught at Lehigh University and Worcester Polytechnic Institute 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.
Phillip J. Cornwell. Phil holds a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Texas Tech University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University. He is currently a professor of mechanical engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology where he has taught since 1989. His present interests include structural dynamics, structural health monitoring, and undergraduate engineering education. Since 1995, Phil has spent his summers working at Los Alamos National Laboratory where he is a mentor in the Los Alamos Dynamics Summer School and does research in the area of structural health monitoring. Phil received an SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award in 1992, the Dean’s Outstanding Scholar Award at Rose-Hulman in 2000, and the Board of Trustees Outstanding Scholar Award at Rose-Hulman in 2001.