Synopses & Reviews
First published over 40 years ago, this work has achieved the status of a classic among introductory texts on mechanics. Den Hartog is known for his lively, discursive and often witty presentations of all the fundamental material of both statics and dynamics (and considerable more advanced material) in new, original ways that provide students with insights into mechanical relationships that other books do not always succeed in conveying. On the other hand, the work is so replete with engineering applications and actual design problems that it is as valuable as a reference to the practicing engineer as it is as a text or refresher for the general engineering student.
Mechanics is not a "heavy" book, despite the amount of material it covers and the clarity and exactness with which it treats this material. It is undoubtedly one of the most readable texts in the field. More than 550 drawings and diagrams in the regular text and in the highly praised 112-page section of problems and answers further contribute to its lucidity and value. The emphasis is consistently on illuminating fundamental principles and in showing how they are embodied in a high number of real engineering and design problems concerning trusses, loaded cables, beams, jacks, hoists, brakes, cantilevers, springs, balances, pendulums, projectiles, cranks, linkages, propellers, turbines, fly ball engine governors, hydraulic couplings, anti-roll devices, gyroscopes, and hundreds of other mechanical systems and devices.
Chapters cover Discrete Coplanar Forces, Conditions of Equilibrium, Distributed Forces, Trusses and Cables, Beams, Friction, Space Forces, The Method of Work, Kinematics of a Point, Dynamics of a Particle, Kinematics of Plane Motion, Moments of Inertia, Dynamics of Plane Motion, Work and Energy, Impulse and Momentum, Relative Motion, and Gyroscopes. Particularly in the last two chapters, Den Hartog provides advanced material not usual in introductory texts. "Very thoroughly recommended to all those anxious to improve their real understanding of the principles of mechanics." — Mechanical World.
Index. List of equations. 334 problems, all with answers. Over 550 diagrams and drawings.
Synopsis
This classic introductory text features hundreds of applications and design problems that illuminate fundamentals of trusses, loaded beams and cables, and related areas. Includes 334 answered problems.
Synopsis
"Very thoroughly recommended to all those anxious to improve their real understanding of the principles of mechanics." — Mechanical World. An excellent refresher volume as well as a classic introductory text, this book features hundreds of applications and design problems that illuminate fundamentals of trusses, loaded beams and cables, and related areas. Includes 334 answered problems.
Synopsis
This classic introductory text features hundreds of applications and design problems that illuminate fundamentals of trusses, loaded beams and cables, and related areas. Includes 334 answered problems.
About the Author
J. P. Den Hartog: The Reprint Engineer
J. P. Den Hartog (1901-1989), who taught for most of his career at MIT, was one of the founders of the Dover reprint program in engineering. As the author of several books that Dover reprinted and still has in print, and as an advisor from the 1950s until just a few years before his death in 1989, Professor Den Hartog gave invaluable advice concerning books of lasting interest and importance in his field.
Not many books in engineering have a productive shelf life spanning several decades. Among the exceptions are these four books of Professor Den Hartog, which Dover reprinted and occasionally revised in later printings from 1961 through 1987: Mechanics, 1961, Strength of Materials, 1961, Mechanical Vibrations, 1985, and Advanced Strength of Materials, 1987. Still widely read and cited by authors in these areas, Den Hartog's books are a tribute to his gift for exposition and clarity.
The J. P. Den Hartog Award, established in 1987, is presented in recognition of lifetime contributions to the teaching and practice of vibration engineering.
Table of Contents
PREFACE
CHAPTER I-DISCRETE COPLANAR FORCES
1. Introduction
2. Forces
3. Parallelogram of Forces
4. Cartesian Components
CHAPTER II-CONDITIONS OF EQUILIBRIUM
5. Moments
6. Couples
7. Equations of Equilibrium
8. Applications
CHAPTER III-DISTRIBUTED FORCES
9. Parallel Forces
10. Centers of Gravity
11. Distributed Loadings
12. Hydrostatics
CHAPTER IV-TRUSSES AND CABLES
13. Method of Sections
14. Method of Joints
15. Funicular Polygons
16. Uniformity Loaded Cables
CHAPTER V-BEAMS
17. Bending Moments in Beams
18. Distributed Beam Loadings
CHAPTER VI-FRICTION
19. Definition
20. Applications
CHAPTER VII-SPACE FORCES
21. Composition of Forces and Couples
22. Conditions of Equilibrium
23. Applications
24. Space Frames
25. Straight and Curved Beans
CHAPTER VIII-THE METHOD OF WORK
26. A Single Rigid Body
27. Systems of Bodies
28. Applications
29. Stability of Equilibrium
CHAPTER IX-KINEMATICS OF A POINT
30. Rectilinear and Angular Motion
31. Motion in Space
32. Applications
CHAPTER X-DYNAMICS OF A PARTICLE
33. Newton's Laws
34. Rectilinear Motion of a Particle
35. Curvilinear Motion of a Particle
36. Systems of Two Particles
CHAPTER XI-KINEMATICS OF PLANE MOTION
37. Velocities
38. Accelerations
CHAPTER XII-MOMENTS OF INERTIA
39. The Principle of d'Alembert
40. General Properties
41. Specific Examples
CHAPTER XIII-DYNAMICS OF PLANE MOTION
42. Rotation about a Fixed Axis
43. Examples of Fixed-axis Rotation
44. General Motion in a Plane
45. Examples on General Plane Motion
CHAPTER XIV-WORK AND ENERGY
46 Kinetic Energy of a Particle
47. Potential Energy; Efficiency; Power
48. Energy of Plane Bodies
49. Applications
CHAPTER XV-IMPULSE AND MOMENTUM
50. Linear Momentum
51. Angular Momentum
52. Applications
53. Impact
CHAPTER XVI-RELATIVE MOTION
54. Introduction
55. Non-rotating Vehicles
56. Rotating Vehicles; Coriolis's Law
57. Applications
CHAPTER XVII-GYROSCOPES
58. Theorems on Rotation in Space
59. Discussion of the Theorems
60. The Principle Theorem of the Gyroscope
61. Applications
62. The Gyroscopic Ship's Compass
PROBLEMS
ANSWERS TO PROBLEMS
LIST OF EQUATIONS
INDEX