Synopses & Reviews
Arthur Boresi and Richard Schmidt's new books on engineering mechanics represent a new standard for presentation of the concepts of statics and dynamics. Like all mechanics authors, Boresi and Schmidt strive to present the subject in a thorough and direct manner, with applications to real-world problems. However, they also realize that incorporation of effective learning aids can make understanding the material easier for many readers. Boresi and Schmidt have developed Engineering Mechanics: Statics and Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics around the SQ3R learning methodology. They present the technical principles of mechanics within the framework of a learning methodology that enables readers to better grasp, understand, and retain the material. The SQ3R method is a structured approach that directs the reader to develop a global view of the course material (one chapter at a time), to organize the material into manageable pieces, to read each piece for content and comprehension, and, finally, to review the material as a coherent whole. No other mechanics book available has these types of pedagogical devices built into each chapter!
Synopsis
Arthur Boresi and Richard Schmidt's innovative textbook (and its partner text, ENGINEERING MECHANICS: STATICS) presents mechanics in the most exciting and relevant context possible, with painstaking clarity and accuracy throughout. The authors strive to present the topics thoroughly and directly, with fundamental principles emerging through application to real-world problems. The emphasis is on concepts, derivations, and interpretations of the general principles, and they explain the material with rigor and precision. They present the technical principles of mechanics within the framework of a structured learning methodology, enabling students to better understand and retain the material. The integrated use of learning aids throughout the book is based on the authors' experience that students can be taught effective study habits while they learn mechanics.
Table of Contents
TO THE INSTRUCTOR / TO THE STUDENT 13. INTRODUCTION TO DYNAMICS, KINEMATICS OF PARTICLES Introduction to Dynamics / Motion of a Particle on an Axis / Motion of a Particle in Three Dimensions / Rotation of a Line in a Plane, Angular Velocity, and Angular Acceleration / Simple Harmonic Motion / Curvature of a Plane Curve / Tangential and Normal Components of Acceleration, Plane Motion / Differentiation of Vectors / Vector Interpretation of Tangential and Centripetal Acceleration / Polar Coordinates / Kinematic Frames of Reference / Problems 14. KINEMATICS OF PARTICLES Newtons Law of Universal Gravitation / Newtons Laws of Motion / Newtonian Reference Frames / Applications of Newtons Second Law / Motion of a Particle under the Action of Gravity / The Inertial Force: Particle Motion in an Accelerated Frame / Centrally Directed Force: Planetary Motion / Problems 15. WORK AND ENERGY PRINCIPLES FOR PARTICLES Introduction / Work-Force Relationships / Power-Force Relationship / Conservative and Nonconservative Systems / Potential Energy of External and Internal Forces / The General Concept of Energy / Problems 16. MOMENTUM PRINCIPLES FOR PARTICLES Introduction / Laws of Momentum and Conservation of Momentum / Center of Mass of a System of Particles / Collisions, or Impacts / Inelastic Collisions / Law of Moment of Momentum; Conservation of Moment of Momentum / Moment of Momentum with Respect to a Moving Reference Frame / Variable-Mass Systems / The Principle of Momentum in Fluid Mechanics / Chapter Summary / Problems 17. KINEMATICS OF RIGID BODIES Part I: Plane Kinematics of Rigid Bodies / Types of Plane Displacements / Plane Motion of a Rigid Body / Velocity of a Rigid Body Slice That Executes Plane Motion / The Instantaneous Center of Velocity / Accelerations in a Rigid Body Slice That Executes Plane Motion / Part II: Three-Dimensional Kinematics of Rigid Bodies / Vector Character of Angular Velocity / Rotational Couples / General Motion of a Rigid Body / Velocities and Accelerations in a Rigid Body / Relative Motion and Rotating Reference Frames / Problems 18. PLANE KINETICS OF RIGID BODIES Translation of a Rigid Body / Inertial-Force Method for Translation of a Rigid Body / Mass Moment of Inertia of a Body with Respect to an Axis / Rotation of a Rigid Body about a Fixed Axis / The Pendulum, a Body That Rotates about a Fixed Axis / Plane Motion of a Rigid Body / Use of the Inertial-Force Method and Inertial Couples to Analyze / Centrifugal Force and a Body That Rotates about a Fixed Axis / Problems 19. ENERGY AND MOMENTUM PRINCIPLES AND PLANE MOTION OF RIGID BODIES Plane Motion of a Rigid Body and Work Performed by a Couple / Work Performed on a Mechanical System / The Law of Kinetic Energy for Plane Motion of a Rigid Body / The Law of Kinetic Energy for Conservative Systems of Rigid Bodies / Separation of the Work of Conservative and Nonconservative Forces / Shaft Power / The Law of Linear Momentum for Motion of a Rigid Body / The Law of Angular Momentum for Plane Motion of a Rigid Body / Problems 20. VIBRATIONS OF A SINGLE-DEGREE-OF-FREEDOM SYSTEM Introduction / The Differential Equation of Motion / Undamped Free Vibrations / Free Vibrations with Viscous Damping / Forced Vibrations / Energy Method / Problems 21. THREE-DIMENSIONAL KINETICS OF RIGID BODIES General Theory of Moments of Inertia / Parallel-Axis Theorem / Ellipsoid of Inertia / Kinetic Energy of a Rigid Body / Angular Momentum of a Rigid Body / Three-Dimensional Equation of Motion for a Rigid Body / The Euler Equations of Motion / Rotation of a Rigid Body about a Fixed Axis / Gyroscopes / Problems / APPENDIX A: ALGEBRAIC EQUATIONS AND DETERMINANTS / APPENDIX B: GEOMETRIC, TRIGONOMETRIC, AND HYPERBOLIC RELATIONS / APPENDIX C: AREA MOMENTS OF INERTIA / APPENDIX D: PROPERTIES OF LINES, AREAS, AND VOLUMES / APPENDIX E: NUMERICAL INTEGRATION / APPENDIX F: MASS MOMENTS OF INERTIA / REFERENCES