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Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics - SI Version, 3rd Edition

  • Andrew Pytel The Pennsylvania State University
  • Jaan Kiusalaas The Pennsylvania State University
  • ISBN-10: 0495295639  |  ISBN-13: 9780495295631
  • 651 Pages
  • © 2011 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $152.75
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Nationally regarded authors Andrew Pytel and Jaan Kiusalaas bring a depth of experience that can't be surpassed in this third edition of Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics. They have refined their solid coverage of the material without overloading it with extraneous detail and have revised the now 2-color text to be even more concise and appropriate to today’s engineering student. The text discusses the application of the fundamentals of Newtonian dynamics and applies them to real-world engineering problems. An accompanying Study Guide is also available for this text.

Features and Benefits

  • The early introduction to the relationship between force and acceleration used in this pedagogy allows students to realize much sooner how Newton’s laws of motion can be used to analyze problems.
  • Where appropriate, Sample Problems are solved using both scalar and vector notations allowing for increased problem solving skills.
  • Many of the problems are new or have been revised and focus on the fundamental topics of the subject matter
  • A separate Study Guide designed specifically for the text contains twenty-nine lessons, each of which contains a Self-Test and Guided Problems.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Dynamics
Dynamics of a Particle: Rectangular Coordinates
Dynamics of a Particle: Curvilinear Coordinates
Work-Energy and Impulse-Momentum Principle for a Particle
Dynamics of Particle Systems
Planar Kinematics of Rigid Bodies
Planar Kinetics of Rigid Bodies: Force-Mass-Acceleration Method
Planar Kinetics of Rigid Bodies: Work-Energy and Impulse-Momentum Methods
Rigid-Body Dynamics in Three Dimensions

Efficacy and Outcomes


I like the approach of this text. The authors lay down a theoretical background for the topic followed by practical examples. This is exactly what an engineering textbook should accomplish.

— Aiman Kuzmar

The coverage of topics and the exposition of fundamentals are clear and precise, and they are balanced with excellent choices of high quality and appropriate examples in all chapters.

— Hamid Hamidzadeh

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Andrew Pytel

Dr. Andrew Pytel received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering, his M.S. in Engineering Mechanics, and his Ph.D in Engineering Mechanics from The Pennsylvania State University. In addition to his career at Penn State University, Dr. Pytel served as an Assistant Professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and as an Assistant Professor at Northeastern University in Boston. He became a full Professor at The Penn State University in 1984 and a Professor Emeritus in 1995. Throughout his career, Dr. Pytel has taught numerous courses and received many honors and awards. He has participated extensively with the American Society for Engineering Education and was named a Fellow of the ASEE in 2008.

Jaan Kiusalaas

Dr. Jaan Kiusalaas is Professor Emeritus, Engineering Science and Mechanics from The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Kiusalaas received his Honors BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Adelaide, Australia, his M.S. in Civil Engineering and his Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics from Northwestern University. Dr. Kiusalaas has been a professor at The Pennsylvania State University since 1963. He is also a Senior Postdoctoral Fellow of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Centre. Dr. Kiusalaas' teaching experience includes addressing topics as Numerical Methods (including finite element and boundary element methods) and Engineering Mechanics, ranging from introductory courses (statics and dynamics) to graduate level courses.